Catfish is mild in flavor and versatile in the kitchen. Catfish can be farm-raised or harvested from the wild. It is so popular that August has been named Catfish Month in its honor. Find out more about this aquatic delight:
1. 89,400 acres of ponds are used for farm-raised catfish production in the United States.
2. Farm-raised catfish tend to be more consistent because of their scientifically formulated diets and constant care.
3. It’s no wonder that catfish is considered Southern comfort food. 94 percent of all farm-raised catfish in the United States is raised in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas.
4. Alabama boasts 22,000 water acres of fish farms. It is home to nearly 200 commercial farmers who produce 25 different aquatic species.
5. A full grown catfish is between 1 to 2 pounds.
6. Mature catfish lay 3,000 to 4,000 eggs annually per pound of body weight.
7. Catfish are a delicious source of lean protein that is low in saturated fat and packed with omega-3 fatty acids.
8. Consumption of fish has been known to reduce your risk of heart problems.
9. An estimated 396.6 million pounds of catfish have been sold in the U.S., generating $429.2 million.