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Catfish Processing Up Nine Per Cent

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US - Farm-raised catfish processed during February 2010 totalled 41.0 million pounds round weight, up nine per cent from February 2009, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture.

The average price paid to producers was 76.5 cents per pound for February 2010, up 0.1 cent from last month but 0.5 cent below a year ago.

Net pounds of processed fish sold during February 2010 totaled 22.6 million pounds, up nine per cent from the comparable month in 2009. The total end of the month inventory decreased 16 per cent from last month and was down 1 percent from a year ago.

Sales of fresh fish, at 8.11 million pounds, were up 11 per cent from February 2009 and represented 36 per cent of total sales. Frozen fish sales, at 14.5 million pounds, were up 9 percent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 64 percent 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 21 per cent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products.

The February 2010 average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $2.34 per pound, down 12 cents from last year.

Prices for fresh whole fish were $1.49 per pound, down 18 cents from February 2009. Prices for fresh fillets were down 14 cents from a year ago at $3.10 per pound.

Total frozen fish averaged $2.56 per pound, down 3 cents from February 2009. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish were unchanged at $2.20 and frozen fillets at $2.92 per pound were down 10 cents from a year ago.

Freshwater imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for January 2010 totaled 14.6 million pounds, up 49 per cent from the amount imported in January 2009.

Imports were from Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 3.09 million pounds, which were from China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Fresh, boneless catfish fillet exports totalled 90.4 thousand pounds, with 56.6 thousand pounds going to Canada and the rest going to China, Ghana, Nigeria and Peru.

Exports of frozen, boneless catfish fillets reported for January 2010 totalled 26.4 thousand pounds, going to the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, China-Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Trinidad and Tobago.

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

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