Author traces catfish industry from fingerling era

ALABAMA - It&#39;s never too late for positive recognition and two Alabamians have a California native to thank for putting them into the spotlight.</b> <br><br> Check Stephens and Richard True were pioneers in America&#39;s commercial catfish industry, but few outside Alabama&#39;s Black Belt were aware of that fact until Karni Perez began writing about them. <br><br> The result is &quot;Fishing For Gold: The Story of Alabama&#39;s Catfish Industry.&quot; It may not be a political thriller or sexy potboiler, but it is an important look at how two men helped to create a billion-dollar industry in one of the country&#39;s poorest regions. <br><br> Published by the University of Alabama Press, the book is a fascinating read, especially when Perez digs deep into the origins of an industry started by two men more familiar with cattle and trees than fish. <br><br> Until Stephens and True came along, folks who lived in rural areas had caught their fill of catfish from creeks and rivers. Raising them in ponds was an alien concept. <br><br> <i>Source: Montgomery Advertiser</i>

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