Catfish growers in the United States had sales of 352 million dollars during 2014, down 1 percent from 357 million dollars the previous year. The top four States (Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas) accounted for 94 percent of the United States total sales.
The United States total foodsize sales of 332 million dollars decreased by 1 percent from the previous year. Sales of stockers totaled 8.92 million dollars in 2014, compared to 10.0 million dollars in 2013. Fingerling and fry sales totaled 10.3 million dollars, up 3 percent from 2013.
By point of first sale, direct sales to processors accounted for 93.9 percent of total foodsize fish sales, down slightly from the previous year. Direct sales to other producers accounted for 89.7 percent of stocker sales compared with 86.0 percent in 2013.
Water Surface Acres Down 10 Percent from January 1, 2014
The water surface acres being used for catfish production as of January 1, 2015, totaled 69.9 thousand acres, down 10 percent from the 77.7 thousand acres used a year earlier. Of the total acres, 4.27 thousand are to be renovated during the period of January 1 to June 30, 2015. An additional 180 acres are under construction or expected to be constructed and in use by July 1, 2015.
During the period of July 1 through December 31, 2014, the area taken out of production totaled 2.27 thousand acres. As of January 1, 2015, foodsize fish were produced on 53.5 thousand acres, fingerling producing acres totaled 9.42 thousand, and 2.16 thousand acres were being used for broodfish production.
Catfish producers had 577 thousand broodfish on hand January 1, 2015, down 11 percent from January 1, 2014. Large foodsize fish on hand totaled 5.09 million on January 1, 2015, a 13 percent increase from a year ago.
The number of medium foodsize fish decreased 5 percent to 48.2 million, while small foodsize fish numbers decreased 5 percent to 96.8 million. Large stockers on hand January 1, 2015, at 95.2 million fish, were down 15 percent from the previous year. Small stocker numbers decreased 13 percent to 154 million. There were 450 million fingerlings on hand January 1, 2015, up 7 percent from January 1, 2014.