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21 March 2012

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

Farm-raised catfish processed during February 2012 totaled 27.0 million pounds round weight, down 3 percent from February 2011. The average price paid to producers was $1.23 per pound for February 2012, down 1.9 cents from last month but 22.6 cents above a year ago.
USDA Catfish Reports

Net pounds of processed fish sold during February 2012 totaled 14.4 million pounds, down 7 percent from the comparable month in 2011. Sales of fresh fish, at 5.19 million pounds, were down 1 percent from February 2011 and represented 36 percent of total sales. Frozen fish sales, at 9.26 million pounds, were down 10 percent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 64 percent of total fish sales. Sales of whole fish represented 20 percent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 58 percent, and the remaining 22 percent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products. The total end of the month inventory decreased 6 percent from last month but was up 31 percent from a year ago.

The total fresh and frozen average price for February 2012 was $3.50, up 47 cents from a year ago. The February 2012 average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $3.42 per pound, up 51 cents from last year. Prices for fresh whole fish were $2.44 per pound, up 38 cents from February 2011. Prices for fresh fillets were up 93 cents from a year ago at $4.68 per pound. Total frozen fish averaged $3.54 per pound, up 45 cents from February 2011. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish were up 35 cents at $2.94 and frozen fillets at $4.25 per pound were up 69 cents from a year ago. Imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for January 2012 totaled 25.6 million pounds, up 57 percent from the amount imported in January 2011. Imports were from Cambodia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 2.03 million pounds, which were from China.

Fresh catfish fillet exports totaled 85.2 thousand pounds, with 38.7 thousand pounds going to Canada and the rest going to the Bahamas, Barbados, Jordan, and Poland. Exports of frozen catfish fillets reported for January 2012 totaled 2.7 thousand pounds, going to the Bahamas.

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

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