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USDA Catfish and Trout Reports

21 December 2012

USDA Catfish Processing -  December 2012USDA Catfish Processing - December 2012

Farm-raised catfish processed during November 2012 totaled 22.1 million pounds round weight, down 14 percent from November 2011. The average price paid to producers was 82.2 cents per pound for November 2012, up 1.9 cents from last month but 43.5 cents below a year ago.
USDA Catfish Reports

Catfish Processing Down 14 Percent from Last Year

Net pounds of processed fish sold during November 2012 totaled 13.4 million pounds, up 13 percent from the comparable month in 2011. Sales of fresh fish, at 4.54 million pounds, were up 5 percent from November 2011 and represented 34 percent of total sales. Frozen fish sales, at 8.81 million pounds, were up 17 percent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 66 percent of total fish sales. Sales of whole fish represented 20 percent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 56 percent, and the remaining 24 percent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products. The total end of the month inventory decreased 7 percent from last month and was down 16 percent from a year ago.

The total fresh and frozen average price for November 2012 was $2.83, down 68 cents from a year ago. The November 2012 average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $2.62 per pound, down 84 cents from last year. Prices for fresh whole fish were $1.81 per pound, down 61 cents from November 2011. Prices for fresh fillets were down $1.11 from a year ago at $3.73 per pound. Total frozen fish averaged $2.94 per pound, down 60 cents from November 2011. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish were down 44 cents at $2.73 and frozen fillets at $3.21 per pound were down $1.19 from a year ago.

Imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for October 2012 totaled 20.2 million pounds, down 1 percent from the amount imported in October 2011. Imports were from Brazil, Canada, China, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 202 thousand pounds, which were from China.

Fresh catfish fillet exports totaled 141 thousand pounds, with 61.9 thousand pounds going to Canada and the rest going to Afghanistan, Aruba, China, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Romania, and Vietnam. Exports of frozen catfish fillets reported for October 2012 totaled 8.5 thousand pounds, going to St. Maarten.

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

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