WASHINGTON––U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today applauded Senate passage of a resolution they sponsored to designate August 2022 as National Catfish Month.
The resolution recognizes the importance of U.S. catfish to our economy and praises catfish farmers and workers for their contributions to the industry.
“Arkansas, our nation’s birthplace of warm water aquaculture, remains a proud leader in the catfish industry,” Boozman said. “The research conducted in Arkansas continues to advance new and innovative strategies to support our producers nationwide. Our family-owned operations do a tremendous job raising catfish that consumers crave. I’m proud to join my colleagues to mark National Catfish Month and celebrate the entire industry.”
“Catfish represents more than 50 percent of the United States aquaculture industry, and Mississippi is leading the charge,” Wicker said. “Farm-raised catfish is sustainable and contributes billions of dollars to our economy. Designating August as National Catfish Month gives us the opportunity to recognize the many producers who are a part of this important industry.”
“It’s a point of pride that Mississippi is the No. 1 catfish producing state in the nation, and I applaud the domestic industry for its role in providing safe, affordable, farm-raised catfish to consumers across the country,” Hyde-Smith said.
“Catfish is the largest farm-raised aquaculture product in the nation, and the success of its production in the U.S. is because of southern states like Alabama. Our catfish farmers and workers play a major role in providing jobs and enhancing the local economy,” Shelby said. “National Catfish Month is a great opportunity to recognize the significance of this industry.”
“A fried catfish po’ boy, dressed, with ketchup, my mouth waters to think of it. Thanks to everyone who makes it possible for the rest of us to enjoy great catfish dinners. We recognize National Catfish Month,” Cassidy said.
“The catfish industry contributes billions of dollars to our economy and employs thousands of people across the country,” Tillis said. “North Carolina is one of a few states home to farm raised catfish which is why I am proud to work with my colleagues to recognize August as National Catfish Month to honor all the workers that provide catfish for people across our country and the world.”
“The aquaculture industry greatly benefits Texas and the nation, with domestic catfish growers alone contributing well over $350 million to the U.S. economy. Texas is one of four states whose industry accounts for over 97 percent of total U.S. sales. I am proud to join my colleagues in resolving to designate August as National Catfish Month to acknowledge the contributions of these producers,” Cruz said.
The full text of the resolution can be found here or below:
Whereas the Catfish Institute recognizes August to be National Catfish Month;
Whereas the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas recognize August to be National Catfish Month;
Whereas the States of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Tennessee embody the Channel Catfish as their State Fish;
Whereas the farm-raised catfish industry in the United States employs nearly 10,000 people and contributes more than $4,000,000,000 to the economy of the United States;
Whereas the United States has 67,640 surface water acres used for catfish production in 2022, and catfish growers in the United States had $421,161,000 in sales during 2021;
Whereas the average catfish farmer produces 5,000 pounds of catfish per acre;
Whereas 99 percent of all United States farm-raised catfish are grown in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas;
Whereas catfish is the largest farm-raised seafood product, by weight, in the United States, representing more than 50 percent of the United States aquaculture industry;
Whereas United States farm-raised catfish are consistently high quality and, unlike ocean-caught fish, are available all year long;
Whereas United States farm-raised catfish are a sustainable and environmentally friendly seafood product;
Whereas catfish is a lean fish and an excellent source of protein; and
Whereas catfish is a versatile fish in cuisine of the United States, with a myriad of regional and national recipes to be enjoyed by all people of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) designates August 2022 as ‘‘National Catfish Month’’;
(2) recognizes the contributions of all workers, past and present, that produce, process, and provide catfish for the people of the United States; and
(3) recognizes that purchasing United States farm-raised catfish supports farmers, jobs, and the economy of the United States.