Where I live in NY someone illegally stocked Channel Cats roughly 10-15 years ago, so I now have a "classic" small catfish river within a 20 minute drive from my house (a unique opportunity in the area. Haven't hit it yet-will update). My question is why a State Environmental Organization- the DEC in NY in this case- would not stock Channels in suitable waters? Other than the obvious invasive species angle (that is understandable but a bit absolutist- around here they stock the hell out of waters that would not have any trout population without the stocking- in those cases they really are technically invasive- but I 'aint complaining). Do they reproduce too much too quickly? Just trying to figure out any possible reasons for opposition to their introduction. Thanks for letting me draw from the well of the knowledge here!