Virginia Looks to Expand Blue Catfish Fishing, Processing in the State

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently accepting grant funding applications for projects that will help expand blue catfish fishing and processing in the state.

The Future of Tasty Fish

Catfish and rainbow trout are two fish that are high in protein, potassium, and other vitamins and nutrients. They are very popular fish among consumers and part of the largest aquaculture industries in the United States. In 2021, these markets had sales of over $400 million total. Maintaining a good quality fish fillet is essential for this industry to continue prospering.

Consumers Want More Catfish With Their Catfish

Commercial catfishing is big business in this country, but nearly 7 in 8 of those operations are considered small businesses; more than one-third have annual revenues of less than $25,000. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is trying to help them reel in more profits. One of the ways they’re accomplishing that goal is turning what was once considered expendable – the fish’s bones, or “frames” – into value-added inventory.

Senator Tom Cotton, Colleagues Recognize August as National Catfish Month

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), along with eleven of his colleagues, introduced a resolution that would establish August as National Catfish Month. The resolution recognizes the contribution of catfish to the American economy and commends catfish farmers and workers.

Delight Foods USA LLC Recalls Ineligible Frozen Siluriformes Products Imported from India

February 6, 2023 USDA FSIS

Delight Foods USA LLC, a distributor and the Importer of Record located in Jersey City, N.J., and Delight Foods LLC, a distributor and the Importer of Record located in San Jose, Calif., is recalling approximately 2,961 pounds of imported frozen Siluriformes (catfish) products. The products were imported from India, a country ineligible to export Siluriformes products to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.