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USDA Catfish and Trout Reports

22 May 2012

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Farm-raised catfish processed during April 2012 totaled 22.5 million pounds round weight, down 5 percent from April 2011. The average price paid to producers was $1.17 per pound for April 2012, down 3.4 cents from last month but 2.6 cents above a year ago.
USDA Catfish Reports

Net pounds of processed fish sold during April 2012 totaled 12.0 million pounds, down 14 percent from the comparable month in 2011. Sales of fresh fish, at 4.63 million pounds, were down 10 percent from April 2011 and represented 39 percent of total sales. Frozen fish sales, at 7.37 million pounds, were down 16 percent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 61 percent of total fish sales. Sales of whole fish represented 21 percent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 59 percent, and the remaining 20 percent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products. The total end of the month inventory increased 3 percent from last month and was up 135 percent from a year ago.

The total fresh and frozen average price for April 2012 was $3.41, up 4 cents from a year ago. The April 2012 average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $3.36 per pound, up 12 cents from last year. Prices for fresh whole fish were $2.35 per pound, up 7 cents from April 2011. Prices for fresh fillets were up 14 cents from a year ago at $4.57 per pound. Total frozen fish averaged $3.44 per pound, unchanged from April 2011. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish were up 6 cents at $2.98 and frozen fillets at $4.12 per pound were up 5 cents from a year ago.

Imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for March 2012 totaled 15.3 million pounds, up 67 percent from the amount imported in March 2011. Imports were from Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, and Vietnam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 528 thousand pounds, which were from China.

Fresh catfish fillet exports totaled 130 thousand pounds, with 41.1 thousand pounds going to Canada and the rest going to the Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, China, and Vietnam. Exports of frozen catfish fillets reported for March 2012 totaled 68.0 thousand pounds, going to the Islands of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, China, and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

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