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These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020

Seafood consumption figures are in for 2020, revealing how the pandemic helped - and hurt - the industry.

When the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S. in early 2020, the government took extreme lockdown measures, shutting down all non-essential businesses. While restaurants were allowed to remain open, their dining rooms were closed. This was a major blow to the seafood industry, where fish and shellfish thrived at dine-in. However, retail seafood purchases did increase with many people using the lockdown to learn how to...

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U.S.-based Heartland Catfish Says High-Demand, Low-Supply Situation Could Remain in 2022

Heartland Catfish, a catfish farmer based in the U.S. provided a market check-in created by VP of Sales and Marketing Jonathan Mills as the company wrapped up the first quarter of 2022.

Mills opened the market check-in with comments about how lessening COVID impacts, labor shortages and slower production cycles may lead to the high-demand, low-supply situation facing the industry could continue throughout the year.

Heartland broke down the current situation with feed, sales and processing. Feed remains down 3%...

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Vietnam: Successful Domestication of Saltwater Catfish

Successful domestication of saltwater catfish is the result of a research project on catfish saltwater tolerance. The fish has initially adapted well to a salinity degree of up to 10/1000.

Under the influence of climate change, many localities in the Mekong Delta are facing saline intrusion. To cope with the situation, various agricultural production models and research projects have been formed to help farmers adapt and develop well in drought conditions.

In 2017, the Fishery Faculty of Can Tho University in cooperation with the University of Liège and the University of Namur...

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USDA Announces Purchase Awards for Catfish Through Build Back Better Initiative

The USDA announced purchase awards for catfish products, in all purchasing just shy of 3.6 million pounds of raw unbreaded catfish fillets for a total of $32,378,660.

Initially, the USDA was looking to buy a total of 7.6 million pounds of catfish as it announced on December 8. However, 2.7 million pounds was not able to be purchased due to vendor constraints and an additional 1.3 million pounds wasn’t purchased due to price considerations.

The bulk of the purchase by the USDA was from Mississippi-headquartered America’s...

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USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Releases vAh Evaluation in Farmed Catfish

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared an evaluation of potential entry and exposure pathways of virulent Aeromonas hydrophila (vAh) in the United States.

vAh is known to impact farm-raised catfish leading to mortality and increased treatment expenses and changes to production practices.

APHIS said it performed the assessment following concerns raised by the domestic catfish industry to address the risk of vAh in catfish farms from imported live food fish, raw food fish, and consumable fish food products...

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USDA Eyeing Salmon, Catfish Products Purchase Through Build Back Better Initiative

The USDA has invited offers to sell salmon and catfish products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. The USDA noted that both of the solicitations were issued under the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Initiative.

USDA’s salmon solicitation sees the Department eyeing a total of 302,480 cases of canned red salmon. Acceptances will be announced by midnight on December 21 and deliveries are scheduled to be made between February 1, 2022 through July 1, 2022...

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USDA Invites Offers to Sell 1.6 Million Pounds of Pollock; 88K Cases of Canned Salmon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invited offers for Alaska pollock and canned pink salmon for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

For both purchase requests, acceptances will be announced by midnight, November 22, 2021. Deliveries for the pollock solicitation will be made between January 1, 2022 and June 31 2022. Salmon deliveries will be made between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022.

A look at the pollock solicitation shows...

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Senate Recognizes August as National Catfish Month

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution that now makes August 2021 National Catfish Month.  

A delegation of Senators including ed Cruz (R-Texas), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) praised the resolution which recognizes the importance of catfish farmers and workers, and commends the contributions of the farm-raised catfish industry to the economy...

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ANALYSIS: Chinese Catfish Breaking Records Week After Week

Chinese Catfish continues to break records week after week, boasting an average wholesale price that is trending $0.89 per pound higher than the previous three-year average. Multiple factors are putting pressure on the market at once, allowing premiums to swiftly escalate.        

Freight and logistical issues remain at the forefront of conversations with market participants. Problems at the departure port in Guangdong, China, issues in securing container or vessel transport, and skyrocketing freight costs have left some industry players without any..

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USDA Invites Offers for 1.2 Million Pounds of Catfish Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has invited offers to sell catfish products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other federal food and nutrition assistance programs.

Acceptances will be announced by May 20, 2022. Deliveries are to be made between July 16 and December 15, 2022, per the USDA.

The purchase requests shows the USDA is looking for unbreaded raw catfish fillets and breaded oven ready catfish strips to be sent throughout the country.

In total, the USDA eyes... 

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ANALYSIS: Conflicting Trends on Imported Catfish

After a steep incline in wholesale prices on Chinese catfish frozen fillets beginning in the first quarter of 2021, the market finally came off for the first time in a year. Since March 2021 Chinese catfish increased $2.00/pound, leading to pushback from consumers, a drop in demand, and ultimately sellers discounting product to entice sales.

Additional factors contributing to the market softening include supply and the wind down of the Lenten season. Compared to a few months ago, inventories are in better...

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The Winding Glass:  2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths

This is the first part of a two-part end of year review. Today we will focus on the fantastic year most in the Seafood industry have had, despite the turmoil and disruption of the pandemic. 

The second part will look at how the factors that helped us in 2021 may play out in 2022 and what we think may be different.

First, some numbers. When I went to analyze what happened with the U.S. seafood supply in 2021, I was blown away by our success...


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ANALYSIS: October Catfish Imports Set Record

Chinese catfish frozen fillets continue to demand premiums well above previous years due to a combination of factors putting pressure on the market including supply constraints, shipping delays due to logistical issues, rising freight costs, increased replacement costs overseas, as well as an active demand, to name a few. 

Even higher prices have been collected by some participants in an effort to temper demand on constrained inventory supply here in the U.S...

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ANALYSIS: Record High Prices, Limited Supply Causing Buying Shift for Chinese Catfish and Pangasius

Wholesale prices for both Chinese catfish and Vietnamese pangasius frozen fillets continue to set new record highs with pangasius even climbing above 2018 levels. Contributing factors continue to point to the rise in freight, shipping delays due to logistical issues including congested ports, as well as active demand supported by the upcoming holiday and Lenten seasons.

YTD Chinese catfish imports are outpacing the previous three years for the same January through September timeframe, however, inventory levels...

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JAPAN: Pangasius Surimi High Quality, Low Price, Production Supported by Rich Resources

Meiko Shokuhin Co., Ltd. of Kuroshio-cho, Kochi Prefecture, which processes and sells poultry and catfish, has started selling fish surimi using "Pangasius." Amid the high raw material costs for surimi products, Suisan Keizai reports that the company is proposing the pangasius surimi to surimi product manufacturers and others as surimi that has achieved high quality, low prices, and stable supply.

The price is 550 yen/kg ($4.81/kg). Even if the water content is increased to about 110% of the raw material, it can maintain firm...

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USDA Eyeing 320,000 Pounds of Catfish Products in Latest Open Purchase Request

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) invited firms to sell catfish products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs on July 28.

Bid acceptances will be announced by midnight on August 11, 2021 and deliveries will be made between January 1 and February 15, 2021.

The solicitation calls for bids on 320,000 pounds of frozen breaded catfish strips.

Back in May 2021, the USDA issued a purchase request for nearly 2.7 million pounds of...

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