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Up until the latter part of the 20th century, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and corresponding state agencies were practically in the business of introducing new fish to waterways for recreational and food purposes.

In the 1970s, blue catfish made it to Virginia’s rivers. The philosophy of introducing non-native fish is a thing of the past. But the catfish are still around, and some of them are now getting very, very large.

Jonathan Wilson from Here & Now contributor WAMU takes us out onto a couple of rivers in the state of Virginia, to look at what's happening with blue catfish.


This segment aired on August 5, 2015.

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