Well above 40 percent of all seafood consumed in the world is farm-raised and more will be marketed in the future. Technologically advanced fishing trawlers and greedy fishermen have managed to deplete huge stocks of cod, salmon, and other species.
Many tropical and sub-tropical countries operate huge shrimp and fish farms to supply fish hungry developed countries. Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Norway, Canada and the USA are among the major farm fish producers in the world. While Norway, the U S A and Canada are advanced economies due to different geographic circumstances and production of agricultural products fish farming industries are well established and profitable.
The USA farms more cat fish than any other specie in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana ands Mississippi.
Wild catfish are bottom feeders and well known for their “muddy” tasting flesh due to their diet. Framed catfish are raised in specially designed rectangular above ground, 10 – 20 acre large ponds that are 1 – 2 metres deep. Farmed catfish are fed high-protein food pellets consisting of soybeans, corn, wheat, vitamins and minerals. This diet results in a mild, sweet taste and flaky fleshed fish.
After 18 months and at a weight of 700 grams they are “harvested” and processed in hygienic plants. Fillets are I Q F (Individually Quick Frozen) at
– 40 C to preserve freshness.
Catfish fillets are versatile, can be “blackened”, steamed, poached, grilled, BBQ, baked, broiled, breaded and deep-fried and pan-fried. The fillets are lean, represent and excellent source of protein, cook quickly, and taste neutral – an important factor for millions who like to eat fish but do not like a “fishy” taste. In reality, fresh fish smells of the sea and appealing, and tastes appetizing, never fishy.
Many chefs both the in the USA and Canada use catfish fillets because of convenience and appeal to a large market segment. The taste of catfish fillets can be easily changed by herbs and spices.
Catfish fillets are widely available in grocery stores everywhere.