Bio Carbon Project
By: Parimala, Camila, Kaitlyn, Jasmin, Len P5
In Texas, Falcon Lake State Park is the home to the blue catfish.
The Blue Catfish
The Blue Catfish is one of the largest species of catfish in North America. Blue catfish are primarily large-river fish, occurring in main channels, tributaries, and impoundments of major river systems. They tend to move upstream in the summer in search of cooler temperatures, and downstream in the winter in order to find warm waters.
The blue catfish is the largest freshwater sportfish in Texas. Catfish is the second most preferred group of fish among licensed Texas anglers, and blues rank third behind channel and flathead catfish. Like the channel cat, the blue catfish is considered an excellent food fish.
How Litter effects Blue Catfish
One way is that with all the trash and chemicals in the ocean water it becomes difficult for the marine life to breathe.
Other animals that eat fish will become poisoned because if fish gets poisoned, it will go into their digestive system
Litter can be harmful to wildlife and people. Broken bottles can injure and also small mammals can get stuck inside bottles, cans and other containers
- Plastic rings that come around soda cans can greatly harm fish and even birds. If the plastic rings aren't cut then fish can be swimming and get then caught around there body. Once it is around them it gets stuck on there scales and then they wont be able to get them off which will cut off circulation.
- Also litter is a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria, and if the the blue catfish eats the litter it will get diseased. And since we eat the blue catfish, we also can get affected.
The Food Chain will get affected
Since the Blue Catfish are predators, they eat other fish such as the crayfish, mussels, frogs, and anything else they can find. If the Blue Catfish gets affected badly or even caused to die due to the litter all around, the prey of the Blue Catfish will have no population control and will continue to grow.
Not to mention that we are the predatos of the Blue Catfish.....
We consider the Blue Catfish very tasty and so if the the litter affects the Blue Catfish then we will also get affected.