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Catfish Processing Increases

US - Farm-raised catfish processed during December 2010 totaled 34.8 million pounds round weight, up three per cent from December 2009. The average price paid to producers was 86.1 cents per pound for December 2010, up 2.0 cents from last month and 9.8 cents above a year ago.

Net pounds of processed fish sold during December 2010 totaled 16.9 million pounds, up 2 per cent from the comparable month in 2009. Sales of fresh fish, at 6.04 million pounds, were down 1 per cent from December 2009 and represented 36 per cent of total sales. Frozen fish sales, at 10.8 million pounds, were up 3 per cent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 64 per cent of total fish sales. Sales of whole fish represented 18 per cent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 62 per cent, and the remaining 20 per cent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products. The total end of the month inventory increased 2 per cent from last month but was down 15 per cent from a year ago.

The total fresh and frozen average price for December 2010 was $2.60, up 14 cents from a year ago. The December 2010 average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $2.52 per pound, up 13 cents from last year. Prices for fresh whole fish were $1.71 per pound, up 14 cents from December 2009. Prices for fresh fillets were up 13 cents from a year ago at $3.32 per pound. Total frozen fish averaged $2.64 per pound, up 13 cents from December 2009. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish were up 12 cents at $2.34 and frozen fillets at $3.06 per pound were up 15 cents from a year ago.

Freshwater imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for November 2010 totaled 12.0 million pounds, down 6 per cent from the amount imported in November 2009. Imports were from Cambodia, Canada, China, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 586 thousand pounds, which were from Canada and China.

Fresh, boneless catfish fillet exports totaled 40.8 thousand pounds, with all going to Canada. Exports of frozen, boneless catfish fillets reported for November 2010 totaled 6.60 thousand pounds, going to Aruba and Kuwait.

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