Catfish Value of Sales Up 3 percent from 2014
Catfish growers in the United States had sales of 361 million dollars during 2015, up 3 percent from 352 million dollars the previous year. The top four States (Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas) accounted for 96 percent of the United States total sales. The United States total foodsize sales of 345 million dollars up 4 percent from the previous year. Sales of stockers totaled 8.20 million dollars in 2015, compared to 8.92 million dollars in 2014. Fingerling and fry sales totaled 7.69 million dollars, down 25 percent from 2014.
By point of first sale, direct sales to processors accounted for 95.9 percent of total foodsize fish sales, up 2 percent from the previous year. Direct sales to other producers accounted for 86.9 percent of stocker sales compared with 89.7 percent in 2014.
Water Surface Acres Down 11 Percent from January 1, 2015
The water surface acres being used for catfish production as of January 1, 2016, totaled 62.5 thousand acres, down 11 percent from the 69.9 thousand acres used a year earlier. Of the total acres, 3.27 thousand are to be renovated during the period of January 1 to June 30, 2016. An additional 200 acres are under construction or expected to be constructed and in use by July 1, 2016.
During the period of July 1 through December 31, 2015, the area taken out of production totaled 2.10 thousand acres. As of January 1, 2016, foodsize fish were produced on 49.4 thousand acres, fingerling producing acres totaled 8.68 thousand, and 1.91 thousand acres were being used for broodfish production.
Catfish producers had 520 thousand broodfish on hand January 1, 2016, down 10 percent from January 1, 2015. Large foodsize fish on hand totaled 3.52 million on January 1, 2016, down 31 percent from a year ago. The number of medium foodsize fish were down 5 percent to 45.8 million, while small foodsize fish numbers are up 4 percent to 101 million.
Large stockers on hand January 1, 2016, at 67.5 million fish, were down 29 percent from the previous year. Small stocker numbers were down 11 percent to 137 million. There were 329 million fingerlings on hand January 1, 2016, down 27 percent from January 1, 2015.