Catfish (Brown Bullhead) Project
The overabundance of Brown Bullheads existing in our river systems has been creating great difficulties, and frustration, for our traditional river fishermen. The numbers have increased so greatly that the fishermen are unable to fish. When they pull their gear, it is, more often than not, filled with these catfish instead of the eels or gaspereau they are actually fishing for. This has become a very serious issue for our river fishermen and it was determined that a solution needed to be found.
In the fall of 2016, a project was undertaken to gather a number of catfish for testing to determine the mineral/toxin levels of these fish as well as any protein/nutrient values. Sample fish were taken from 6 different areas – 25 sample specimens collected in all.
Once this analysis was completed in 2017, it was forwarded to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). We received a very favourable report confirming that the Brown Bullheads met the criteria for the following nutrient claims:
- Excellent source of protein
- Low in saturated fatty acids
- Free of trans fatty acids
- Source of omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids
- Low in sodium
- Extra lean
- Source of potassium
- Source of magnesium
- Good source of selenium
Toxin levels were also well within CFIA guidelines.
Fundy North is now investigating potential bycatch marketing options. One option currently being considered is for use as lobster bait. If you have any suggestions for marketing options for these fish, please contact us.