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Catfish production in North Carolina is the most well established of the warmwater fish aquaculture industries in the state. Producers raise more than 2,002,000 lbs. of foodfish annually generating a farmgate revenue of over $2,530,000. Our industry is vertically integrated with nearly all commercial production carried to a central processing center where numerous professionally developed items are made with sales going to wholesale and retail markets throughout the Southeastern U.S. A modern feedmill specializing in aquatic feed manufacturing supplies 23 million pounds of feed to not only to the catfish producers, but also to many Striped Bass and other fish farmers. In 2018, the value of farm production, processed product, and feed sales provide the North Carolina industry over $12,116,000 in combined revenue. For additional information, please see:

Other sites of interest:

Catfish Farmers of America

The Catfish Institute

USDA: Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit

Alabama University and Aubern Extension

Written By

Mike Frinsko, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike FrinskoArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 18 CountiesBased out of JonesCall Mike Email Mike N.C. Cooperative Extension, Jones County Center
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