Scope and Purpose
The charge of the Invasive Catfish Task Force is to coordinate activities and recommend actions to implement the five policy objectives outlined in the Invasive Catfish Policy Adoption Statement, signed and adopted by the Fisheries GIT Executive committee on January 24th, 2012. The work of the Task Force emphasizes exploring potential management measures and proposing actions to mitigate negative impacts of invasive catfish.
The Invasive Catfish Task Force is responsible for coordinating the best available science and developing precautionary management approaches aimed at mitigating the spread and minimizing the impacts of invasive catfish species on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The role of the Invasive Catfish Task Force will be to incorporate all available information on blue and flathead catfish to develop an agreed upon management strategy for handling these invasive species across all jurisdictions.