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22 February 2012

Catfish Processing Down 26 Per cent from Last YearCatfish Processing Down 26 Per cent from Last Year

Farm-raised catfish processed during January 2012 totaled 25.8 million pounds round weight, down 26 percent from January 2011. The average price paid to producers was $1.25 per pound for January 2012, down 0.3 cent from last month but 31.7 cents above a year ago.
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Net pounds of processed fish sold during January 2012 totaled 13.4 million pounds, down 26 percent from the comparable month in 2011. Sales of fresh fish, at 4.92 million pounds, were down 22 percent from January 2011 and represented 37 percent of total sales. Frozen fish sales, at 8.50 million pounds, were down 28 percent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 63 percent of total fish sales. Sales of whole fish represented 20 percent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 55 percent, and the remaining 25 percent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products. The total end of the month inventory decreased 2 percent from last month but was up 14 percent from a year ago.

The total fresh and frozen average price for January 2012 was $3.43, up 59 cents from a year ago. The January 2012 average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $3.45 per pound, up 76 cents from last year. Prices for fresh whole fish were $2.44 per pound, up 54 cents from January 2011. Prices for fresh fillets were up $1.26 from a year ago at $4.73 per pound. Total frozen fish averaged $3.42 per pound, up 49 cents from January 2011. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish were up 63 cents at $3.04 and frozen fillets at $4.26 per pound were up 96 cents from a year ago. Imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for December 2011 totaled 22.6 million pounds, up 34 percent from the amount imported in December 2010. Imports were from Cambodia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 2.11 million pounds, which were from China.

Fresh catfish fillet exports totaled 51.4 thousand pounds, with 45.4 thousand pounds going to Canada and the rest going to St. Kitts-Nevis. Exports of frozen catfish fillets reported for December 2011 totaled 3.6 thousand pounds, going to the Bahamas.

Import and export data are compiled by the United States Census Bureau.

2011 Annual Catfish Processing Down 29 Percent

Farm-raised catfish processed during 2011 totaled 334 million pounds, 29 percent below the 472 million pounds processed in 2010. The average price paid to producers in 2011 was $1.17 per pound, 37 cents above the 80.1 cents paid last year.

Net pounds of processed catfish sold in 2011 totaled 167 million pounds, down 28 percent from the 232 million pounds sold last year. The 2011 average price received for processed fish was $3.39 per pound, up 89 cents from a year ago. Inventory on hand at the end of 2011 totaled 12.9 million pounds, an increase of 5 percent from the 12.3 million pounds on hand at the close of 2010.

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