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Catfish Processing Down 4 Percent from Last Year

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US - Farm-raised catfish processed during July 2009 totaled 41.0 million pounds round weight, down 4 percent fromJuly 2008. The average price paid to producers was 77.1 cents per pound for July 2009, up 0.8 cent from lastmonth but 4.7 cents below a year ago.

Net pounds of processed fish sold during July 2009 totaled 19.5 million pounds, down 8 percent from the comparable month in 2008. The total end of the month inventory increased 7 percent from last month but was down 14 percent from a year ago. Sales of fresh fish, at 6.88 million pounds, were down 4 percent from July 2008 and represented 35 percent of total sales. Frozen fish sales, at 12.6 million pounds, were down 10 percent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 65 percent of total fish sales. Sales of whole fish represented 17 percent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 61 percent, and the remaining 22 percent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products.

The July 2009 average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $2.48 per pound, down 8 cents from last year. Prices for fresh whole fish were $1.66 per pound, down 2 cents from July 2008. Prices for fresh fillets were down 4 cents from a year ago at $3.21 per pound. Total frozen fish averaged $2.51 per pound, up 4 cents from July 2008. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish at $2.17 and frozen fillets at $2.94 per pound were both down 1 cent from a year ago.

Freshwater imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for June 2009 totaled 10.6 million pounds, down 6 percent from the amount imported in June 2008. Imports were from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 1.09 million pounds, which were from China, Mexico, Panama, and Thailand.

Fresh, boneless catfish fillet exports totaled 63.8 thousand pounds, with 41.3 thousand pounds going to Canada and the rest going to China. Exports of frozen, boneless catfish fillets reported for June 2009 totaled 21.4 thousand pounds, going to Aruba, the Bahamas, Guatemala, and the Netherlands.

Import and export data are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

U. S. Catfish Processed

U. S. Average Grower Price

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