Catfish Producers Goals and Issues
Goals of the Alabama Catfish Producers are determined by a 12-member state committee, which is elected by other producers throughout the state. Issues and challenges facing producers are evaluated each year, and priority is placed on each to determine a focus for the division's activities.
- Work to maintain federal funding for the USDA-ARS Aquatic Animal Health Research Laboratory at Auburn.
- Continue to develop and unify a sound research base that will provide long-range support for the catfish industry.
- Support the maximum enforcement of truth-in-labeling laws and explore possibilities for legislation requiring truth-in-labeling on restaurant menus.
- Seek funding for the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture at Auburn University
- Monitor EPA and ADEM plans regarding effluent guidelines and, if necessary, work with producers, industry leaders and state and federal agencies to establish reasonable standards based on BMPs.
- Monitor any proposed "safe dam" legislation that may resurface.
- Continue to seek approvals for new therapeutic compounds for fish health.
- Continue to work with CFA and congressional delegation to address ongoing problems with Asian fish imports.
- Sponsor the annual Alabama Catfish Producers Scholarship Program through the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University.
- Administer the catfish checkoff program.
- Promote August Catfish Month.
- Support funding for the USDA Wildlife Services Agency.
- Vigorously support aquaculture as a vital and viable segment of agriculture.
Helping farmers address everyday problems is a key part of our mission. As new challenges appear, Alabama Catfish Producers is poised to address those for the good of its producer members.