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Foodfish Inventory Numbers Down 13 Per Cent

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US - Catfish operations in the three major producing States (Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi) had 212 million foodsize fish on hand on 1 July, down 13 per cent from 1 July 2009 according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture.

On 1 July this year the statistics show there were total of 243 million foodsize fish.

The breakouts of foodsize fish inventory numbers on 1 July 2010, with their respective per cent change from the previous year were: large foodsize, 6.40 million fish, down three per cent; medium foodsize, 61.3 million fish, down six per cent; and small foodsize, 144 million fish, down 16 per cent.

The three major States also had 466 thousand broodfish on hand on 1 July 2010, down 12 per cent from last year's 530 thousand broodfish.

The number of large stockers on hand on 1 July 2010, totalled 166 million fish, down 28 per cent from the 231 million fish on hand a year ago. T

here were 169 million small stockers, down 22 per cent from last year. Producers had 805 million fingerlings and fry on hand on 1 July 2010.

Water Acres Down 15 Percent

The water surface area to be used for catfish production during 1 July through 31 December 2010, totalled 95 thousand acres, down 15 per cent from a year ago.

Acres used for foodsize fish totalled 79.2 thousand acres, down 15 percent from the same time period in 2009.

Acres for broodfish decreased 16 per cent to 1.85 thousand acres, and acres used for fingerling production decreased 15 per cent to 12.5 thousand acres.

Acres taken out of production during 1 January 2010 through to 30 June 2010 period totalled 6.58 thousand acres, while 1.55 thousand acres of the total in production were scheduled to be renovated from 1 July 2010 to 31 December 2010. The number of operations on 1 July 2010 in the three major States totaled 459, down 25 per cent from last year’s total of 613 operations.

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