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After a Century, ​​the Largest Catfish Species in North America is Coming Back to Pennsylvania

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Starting this week, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is planning to bring back blue catfish to the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela rivers. After being absent in Pennsylvania for almost a century, the largest catfish species in North America is coming back due to the re-introduction efforts. Previously, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources has been working on the re-establishment of blue catfish populations in portions of the Ohio River bordering Ohio and West Virginia. The re-emergence of blue catfish in the Pennsylvania portion of the Ohio River, therefore, is a promising sign which implies the potential success of the re-restoration attempts. 

Blue catfish can weigh more than 100 pounds, which is why it is popular among anglers. Blue catfish are a large, river species that has a habit of feeding in cooler months. They are highly invasive in areas where it is considered native.

Biden campaign launches Health Care Provider events throughout commonwealth

Local doctors, nurses, midwives, and other health care providers are expected to emphasize what’s at stake for health care in the 2024 election at events this week in Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Scranton, and Erie. State Rep. Izzy Smith-Wade-El (D-Lancaster) is one of the featured speakers for the Lancaster event on Wednesday.