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Conservation Challenges for Catfish and Crappie: Navigating Laws, Angler Education, and More

Conservation Challenges for Catfish and Crappie: Navigating Laws, Angler Education, and More

Uncover the complexities of catfish and crappie conservation. Explore challenges in lawmaking, angler education, and ecosystem management that impact these vital species.

The conservation of catfish and crappie presents unique challenges, intertwining environmental, legal, and social dimensions. This detailed exploration aims to shed light on the multifaceted efforts required to protect these species, highlighting the obstacles in lawmaking, angler education, habitat preservation, and the broader implications for aquatic ecosystems.

Conservation = Big Challenges.

Understanding the Conservation Landscape

  • Catfish and Crappie: An Overview
    • Importance in Ecosystems and Fishing Communities
    • Differences in Habitat and Behavior

Legal and Regulatory Challenges

  • Navigating Through Complex Laws
    • Variations in State and Federal Regulations
    • The Role of Wildlife Agencies in Policymaking
  • International Conservation Efforts
    • Cross-border Challenges and Collaborations

Environmental and Habitat Concerns

  • Habitat Degradation: A Growing Threat
    • Impact of Urbanization and Pollution
    • Climate Change Effects on Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Invasive Species and Ecosystem Balance
    • Competing Species and Predation Pressures
    • Control Measures and Ecological Implications

Angler Education and Community Involvement

  • The Role of Anglers in Conservation
    • Promoting Sustainable Fishing Practices
    • Community-Led Conservation Initiatives
  • Educational Programs and Awareness
    • Workshops, Campaigns, and Citizen Science Projects

Technological Advances in Conservation

  • Leveraging Technology for Better Outcomes
    • Data Collection and Monitoring Systems
    • Innovative Solutions for Habitat Restoration

The Economic Perspective

  • Balancing Conservation and Economic Interests
    • The Fishing Industry and Local Economies
    • Ecotourism and Sustainable Development

Case Studies: Successes and Lessons

  • Examining Successful Conservation Models
    • Local and National Conservation Success Stories
    • Learning from Challenges and Setbacks

The Road Ahead: Future Directions

  • Emerging Trends in Conservation
    • New Research and Conservation Methodologies
    • Predictions for Catfish and Crappie Populations


  • Uniting for a Sustainable Future
    • The Collective Responsibility for Conservation
    • Encouraging Proactive Participation and Support
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Crappie Conservation FAQ

Key threats include habitat degradation, overfishing, pollution, and climate change.

By practicing catch-and-release, adhering to fishing regulations, and participating in habitat conservation efforts.

Laws and regulations are crucial for setting sustainable fishing limits, protecting habitats, and managing fish populations.

Educated anglers are more likely to engage in sustainable practices and advocate for conservation measures.

Advanced technology helps in monitoring fish populations, researching habitats, and implementing effective conservation strategies.

CatCon 2024: basic information

We are preparing the next edition of the show. Right now, the next planned show is the Louisville, KY Edition which will take place on Feb. 23 & 24, 2024.

Show Date

The current show dates are expected to be Feb. Friday 23 & Feb. Saturday 24, 2024


We are in the final stages of renewing our partnership with the Kentucky Expo Center, next the the Louisville International Airport. We should be in the West Wing once again 


With an estimated 8,100 attendees at the Catfish + Crappie Conference 2023, our target is to reach +10,000 attendees in 2024. The earlier we prepare, the more likely we can achieve this number. 

Move In

Move-in is on February 22, 2024 between 9AM EST and 6PM EST. Exhibitors are expected to coordinate their arrival with the Catfish Conference team.

Show Hours

Friday: from 8AM-7PM for VIP pass holders and 9aM-7PM for regular pass holders. 

Saturday: from 8AM-6PM for VIP pass holders and 9aM-6PM for regular pass holders. 

Social Media

We want to give you as much visibility as possible. Get in touch with out team as soon as you book your booth so we can plan social media posts about you and your company. 

Graphics & weblinks

We need to get your high-resolution logo as soon as you book your booth. We’ll create a custom page on our website and create the appropriate web banners. 


Tickets are on sale on – Regular admissions for a 2-day pass are $10, VIP Passes are $20 and there is an option to receive both passes via registered mail for those who wish to get their credentials in advance. 


Call or text (270)444-8441 for any questions or email