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Patuxent River Blue Catfish Habitat Use and Movement Study | Maryland DNR Fisheries Service News

Patuxent River Blue Catfish Habitat Use and Movement Study

9/17/2013  |   Posted by mgroves

Tags: Recreational, Invasive  

Biologists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) are studying the habitat use and movement of blue catfish in the Patuxent River. In 2013 and 2014, blue catfish will be fitted with surgically implanted internal acoustic tags that transmit a signal to a line of receivers placed along the river allowing us to track their movement. The fish will be marked externally with a pink spaghetti tag. To find out more about this study please visit the SERC website or contact Matt Ogburn at 443-482-2203.

Tag Color: Pink - Length: ~3" - Tag reads: "PLEASE RELEASE - TELEMETRY STUDY - NO. 00##; SMITHSONIAN ENV. RES. CTR. 443-482-2203." SERC request that you please return these fish to the river alive. There is NO REWARD FOR PINK TAGS. If you do catch one of these fish, please note the tag number and call the phone number listed on the tag to find out more about the fish and report its location.

This is the first in a series of tagging programs involving invasive catfish that will take place in the Patuxent River. Check back with the Fisheries Webpage to keep up with the most recent studies and finding involving invasive catfish in the Patuxent River and other tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay.

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