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Wild Caught Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish

The Chesapeake blue catfish was introduced into the Chesapeake Bay decades ago and has drastically increased in numbers. Tasting similar to rockfish, blue catfish are not your typical “catfish.” The fish is a tasty, white flaky fish that is excellent in a variety of recipes, such as our Maryland’s Best recipes.

Eating the wild-caught Chesapeake blue catfish is not only good for you, it’s helping the Chesapeake Bay. Blue catfish is consuming other species in the Bay, such as crabs, oysters, rockfish, and anything else in its path, which is causing ecological damage.

Consumers can find the fish in select grocery stores and restaurants. Maryland’s Best has compiled a list of both retail and restaurants that serve the wild-caught Chesapeake blue catfish.

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February is the perfect time to enjoy Maryland oysters. Chef Tony Marciante, from Chef Tony’s Seafood, shows us how to fry them up in this simple recipe using local Chincoteague oysters.  

Supporting the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay contributes to the health of the overall Bay and supports the local economy. Oysters are nature’s “filters” and play a vital role in the ecosystem. The best way to participate is to eat Maryland oysters whenever you can and to recycle their shells – that’s right, you can recycle oyster shells by visiting restaurants that participate in the Shell Recycling Alliance program. To find a list of restaurants, visit the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s site here.