Accession Number : ADP002135

Title :   Economics of Producing and Marketing Farm-Raised Catfish,


Personal Author(s) : Dillard,J. G. ; Waldrop,J. E.

Report Date : OCT 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : This paper presents economic data concerning production and marketing of farm-raised catfish in the Delta of Mississippi. No attempt is made to assess the economics of producing catfish in dredged material containment sites; however, any new production from containment sites must compete in the long run with the rapidly expanding production and marketing systems described. Costs of production of farm-raised catfish, f.o.b. processing plant, were calculated to range between 58.7 and 66.4 cents per pound for farm sizes ranging between 163 and 643 water surface acres, respectively. Most of the processing capacity for farm-raised catfish is located in Mississippi. The processed product moves through three major market channels. Retail grocery outlets, food service distributors, and catfish speciality restaurants each handle about one third of catfish sales. Sales of farm-raised catfish are growing rapidly, and prospects for continuing growth are good. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Fisheries, Symposia, Economics, Marketing, Cost estimates, Mississippi River, Production

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE