Two Republican lawmakers are floating proposals to create a catfish industry to prevent depletion of other species in the Chesapeake Bay.

Del. Keith Hodges, R-Middlesex, is proposing the creation of a Governor’s Blue Catfish Industries Development Fund to provide grants and loans to government bodies that support the creation or expansion of businesses involved with “blue catfish processing, flash freezing, or value-added facilities using blue catfish.” Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Westmoreland, is carrying the Senate companion.

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