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Catfish Processing Down 4 Per Cent from Last Year

US - Released on 18 June 2010 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture.

Farm-raised catfish processed during May 2010 totaled 38.2 million pounds round weight, down 4 per cent from May 2009. The average price paid to producers was 79.6 cents per pound for May 2010, down 0.8 cent from last month but 3.4 cents above a year ago.

Net pounds of processed fish sold during May 2010 totaled 19.1 million pounds, up 2 per cent from the comparable month in 2009. Sales of fresh fish, at 7.28 million pounds, were up 2 per cent from May 2009 and represented 38 per cent of total sales. Frozen fish sales, at 11.9 million pounds, were up 2 per cent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 62 per cent of total fish sales. Sales of whole fish represented 19 per cent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 60 per cent, and the remaining 21 per cent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products. The total end of the month inventory decreased 9 per cent from last month but was up 5 per cent from a year ago.

The total fresh and frozen average price for May 2010 was $2.48, down 7 cents from a year ago. The average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $2.44 per pound, down 7 cents from last year. Prices for fresh whole fish were $1.55 per pound, down 15 cents from May 2009. Prices for fresh fillets were up 2 cents from a year ago at $3.25 per pound. Total frozen fish averaged $2.50 per pound, down 7 cents from May 2009. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish were unchanged at $2.23 and frozen fillets at $2.99 per pound were up 1 cent from a year ago.

Freshwater imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for April 2010 totaled 8.80 million pounds, up 3 per cent from the amount imported in April 2009. Imports were from Canada, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 1.22 million pounds, which were from Canada, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Fresh, boneless catfish fillet exports totaled 39.5 thousand pounds, with all going to Canada. Exports of frozen, boneless catfish fillets reported for April 2010 totaled 28.8 thousand pounds, going to the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and the Netherlands Antilles.

Import and export data are compiled by the US Census Bureau.



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