KENTUCKY (8/13/13) – For over 20 years, the month of August has celebrated American farm-raised fish and to honor U.S. catfish farmers.
Starting back in the 1980s, President Ronald Regan designated the month of August to recognize contributions that the United States catfish industry had made to the economy.
Catfish is a diverse group of ray-finned fish. Named after their prominent barbells that resemble cat whiskers, catfish range in size, behaviors and do not contain scales like most fish. More than half the catfish species live in America.
Southern states; Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas produce most of the nation’s catfish. Mississippi is the leading producer of farm-raised catfish and Texans eat more catfish that any other state. Belzoni, Mississippi is also known as catfish capital of the world. Every year they have a festival and a catfish eating contest.
Also known as “mud cats, “polliwogs,” or “chuckleheads,” catfish farmers use pure water and whole-grain feed to raise these fish. There is no mystery why catfish is the third most eaten fish in America. American farm-raised catfish is a mild, healthy fish; that contains omega-3 and is versatile for almost any recipe.
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