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August Is National Catfish Month

National Catfish Month has been observed since 1988. It is done in recognition of the catfish industry, and is dedicated to this versatile and sustainable food. Here are some fun facts about catfish:

  • 94 percent of all U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is raised in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • The U.S. Farm-Raised industry employs nearly 10,000 people and contributes more than $4 billion to each of those state’s economy.
  • Farmed catfish are raised in ponds built over clay-rich soils. These ponds are filled with freshwater pumped from underground wells.
  • Farm-raised fish are trained to eat pellets that float on top of the water. These pellets are made from soybeans, corn, wheat, vitamins and minerals.
  • Wild catfish are carnivores. Their diet consists of mostly fish, insects, worms, frogs and newts.
  • It takes 18 months to 2 years for farm-raised catfish to reach about 1 pound. That’s when they are ready to be harvested.
  • Fish tend to adopt the flavor characteristics of what they eat. Because farm-raised catfish maintain a strict diet, they have a consistently mild and slightly sweet flavor.
  • A U.S. farm-raised catfish is lean and an excellent source of protein. This fish is low in saturated fat, has a moderate amount of polyunsaturated fat, and contains omega-3 fatty acids.

There are so many ways to enjoy eating catfish. Just saw this recipe where you dip catfish filets in ranch dressing and cover them with barbecue potato chips. Bake for 20 minutes, then cover the fish with a salsa made of corn, peppers and tequila . . . mmmmm!