Catfish Production: Value of Sales Up, Water Surface Acres Down – USDA

Catfish Ponds. Photo: LSU AgCenter

Catfish Value of Sales Up 6 percent from 2015

Catfish growers in the United States had sales of 386 million dollars during 2016, up 6 percent from 364 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 363 million dollars increased by 5 percent from the previous year. Sales of stockers totaled 5.48 million dollars in 2016, compared to 8.88 million dollars in 2015. Fingerling and fry sales totaled 16.9 million dollars, up 9.10 million dollars from 2015.

By point of first sale, direct sales to processors accounted for 94.2 percent of total foodsize fish sales, down 2 percent from the previous year. Direct sales to other producers accounted for 78.0 percent of stocker sales compared to 82.9 percent in 2015.

Water Surface Acres Down 4 Percent from January 1, 2016

The water surface acres being used for catfish production as of January 1, 2017, totaled 60.8 thousand acres, down 4 percent from the 63.0 thousand acres used a year earlier. Of the total acres, 2.05 thousand are to be renovated during the period of January 1 to June 30, 2017. An additional 835 acres are under construction or expected to be constructed and in use by July 1, 2017.

During the period of July 1 through December 31, 2016, the area taken out of production totaled 2.73 thousand acres. As of January 1, 2017, foodsize fish were produced on 49.1 thousand acres, fingerling producing acres totaled 7.50 thousand, and 1.88 thousand acres were being used for broodfish production.

Inventory Numbers

Catfish producers had 590 thousand broodfish on hand January 1, 2017, up 13 percent from January 1, 2016. Large foodsize fish on hand totaled 3.56 million on January 1, 2017, up 1 percent from a year ago. The number of medium foodsize fish were up 12 percent to 51.5 million, while small foodsize fish numbers are down 31 percent to 69.6 million.

Large stockers on hand January 1, 2017, at 96.4 million fish, were up 35 percent from the previous year. Small stocker numbers were up 45 percent to 196 million. There were 269 million fingerlings on hand January 1, 2017, down 14 percent from January 1, 2016.

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