Domestic catfish production took another precipitous drop this summer due to mounting production costs and other economic pressures. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, only 192.5 million pounds (round weight) had been processed through July, down 31 percent from the previous year’s seven-month total.

Limited supply has driven up the price of fish paid to farmers from 78 cents a pound in the summer of 2010 to USD 1.25 a pound this year.…