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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.

Goals include:

  • 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.