Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Catfish

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Catfish Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Channel Catfish U.S. Farmed
Pangasius Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. River & Striped Catfish, Basa, Swai, Tra Imported Farmed
Pangasius Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. River & Striped Catfish, Basa, Swai, Tra Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certified Farmed
Pangasius Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. River & Striped Catfish, Basa, Swai, Tra Naturland Certified Farmed


Catfish, Farmed, U.S.

U.S. farmed catfish is a "Best Choice" because it's farmed in an ecologically responsible manner.

Consumer Note

We recommend you look for the country-of-origin label to ensure you're purchasing U.S. farm-raised catfish instead of imported catfish, like basa, Pangasius and swai, which are sometimes also sold simply as "catfish."

Summary

A specialty of the southeastern U.S., channel catfish is now one of the most commonly farmed fish in the U.S., generating the largest volume and revenue of all farmed seafood. As a result, catfish has become one of America's most popular seafood items.

Raised in closed, inland ponds using recirculated fresh water and fed a mostly vegetariandiet of soybeans, corn and rice, U.S. farmed catfish is considered to be one of the most sustainable fish species available. Closed, inland ponds dramatically reduce the risk of farmed fish escaping and spreading disease to native wild populations. Their primarily vegetarian diet, with extremely low levels of fishmeal, reduces the number of wild fish caught.


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