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August 06, 2014

A.J. Watson
(334) 613-4219

Catfish is packed with healthy omega-3's, which can help prevent heart disease and arthritis. Catfish fajitas (pictured) are one of the many ways catfish can be consumed.

The dog days of summer have been set aside to salute the nation’s catfish industry.

President Ronald Reagan first recognized August as national catfish month more than 20 years ago to recognize the catfish industry’s national economic contributions.

Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi account for more than 90 percent of domestic farm-raised catfish in the U.S. Alabama’s catfish farming pumps $152.8 million into the state’s economy and creates 5,829 jobs.

Alabama Farmers Federation Catfish Director Rick Oates said the benefits of farm-raised catfish are many.

“What catfish farmers already know, and what consumers should know, is that catfish is tasty, it’s good for your health and it supports the economy,” Oates said. “The great thing about catfish is it can be cooked many different ways and combined with a number of tasty, healthy options. Next time you’re at a restaurant, ask for U.S. farm-raised catfish to make sure you’re getting the highest quality product.”

Catfish, the fifth most popular fish in America, is available year round for consumers and is found in every state except Alaska.

Catfish are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are influential in lowering heart disease risk and easing joint pain.

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