We source our catfish from the Chesapeake Bay where this non-native catfish species was introduced for recreational fishing in the 1960s. The species proved to have a higher tolerance to salinity leading to an overabundance. Today, catfish is considered an invasive species with many people, businesses, and organizations working together to manage the crisis.
Fortunately for both humans and animals, blue catfish is both very tasty and nutritious. Using these fish in our diets is helping to clean up the waters and rebound native fish populations in the Chesapeake Bay – allowing a piece of the Earth’s natural ecosystem to heal.
Also, sourcing catfish provides an opportunity for fishermen to earn an income from the invasive species that threaten their livelihoods. Non-native species outcompete native populations and disrupt the balanced food chain.