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Catfish Value Of Sales Up Eight Per Cent

by the Fish Site Editor
31 January 2011, at 12:00am

US - Catfish growers in the United States had sales of $403 million during 2010, up eight per cent from $373 million the previous year.

The top four States (Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas) accounted for 94 per cent of the United States total sales.

The United States total foodsize sales of $375 million increased by seven per cent over 2009.

Fingerling and fry sales totalled $13.3 million, up three per cent from 2009.

Sales of stockers totalled $13.8 million in 2010, compared to $7.49 million in 2009.

By point of first sale, direct sales to processors accounted for 95 per cent of total foodsize fish sales compared with 94 per cent from the previous year.

Direct sales to other producers accounted for 83 per cent of stocker sales compared with 87 per cent in 2009.

Water Surface Acres Down 13 per cent from January 1, 2010

The water surface acres being used for catfish production as of 1 January 2011, totalled 99,600 acres, down 13 per cent from the 115,000 acres used a year earlier.

Of the total acres, 3,150 are to be renovated during the period of 1 January to 30 June 2011.

An additional 125 acres are under construction or expected to be constructed and in use by 1 July 2011. During the period of 1 July through 31 December 2010, the area taken out of production totalled 10,300acres.

As of 1 January 2011, foodsize fish were produced on 80,800 acres, fingerling-producing acres totalled 13,300 and 2,240 acres were being used for broodfish production.

Inventory Numbers

Catfish producers had 497,000 broodfish on hand 1 January 2011, down seven per cent from 1 January 2010. Large foodsize fish on hand totalled 6.21 million on 1 January 2011, a 28 per cent decrease from a year ago.

The number of medium foodsize fish decreased 41 per cent to 54.3 million, while small foodsize fish numbers decreased 31 per cent to 116 million.

Large stockers on hand 1 January 2011, at 158 million fish, were up four per cent from the previous year.

Small stocker numbers increased four per cent to 223 million. There were 569 million fingerlings on hand 1 January 2011, up 32 per cent from 1 January 2010.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

the Fish Site Editor