National Catfish Day 2020: Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate Catfish Day

National Catfish Day 2020: National Catfish Day is observed on June 25 to celebrate the importance of farm-raised catfish and its contribution to society. Get more information about the History of National Catfish Day, how to celebrate the day & Facts from this article.

Keerthana | Updated Jun 24, 2020 08:38 AM

National Catfish Day 2020: Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate Catfish Day

National Catfish Day 2020

National Catfish Day is celebrated on June 25 every year since 1987. It is observed as the anniversary of President Reagan's address on the importance of catfish as both income and food to society. Catfish are named for their distinguished barbels that resemble cat whiskers. Catfish are nocturnal and have no scales. Its smooth flesh makes the cleaning difficult. 

Farm-raised catfish are commonly sold on the market. In the United States, the channel catfish and blue catfish are the most widely consumed species. Catfish contain a good quantity of vitamin D, minerals, low cholesterol, and protein. 

Many catfish lovers usually brush and fry the fish in cornmeal. Although many people only prepare the filets while cooking food, while others prefer whole-cooked fish when it comes to catfish. This tender whitefish comes delicately off the bone, no matter what the method.

What is the history of National Catfish Day?

Catfish was considered the third-highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States in 1986. Nearly 99% of the catfish that were consumed were farm-raised. Farm-raised catfish demand and production increased by 1200% between 1975 and 1985, and it continued to rise until 1987. The cost of catfish production reached a small amount of 65 cents, resulting in stable income for growers and an economic source of food for consumers. It also created numerous permanent jobs. The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 178, declared June 25 as National Catfish Day in 1987, so as to recognize the value of farm-raised catfish.
It has been proclaimed by the US President, Ronald Reagan. In particular, he talked about the pleasures of eating catfish and farmed catfish.

How to observe National Catfish Day?

Celebrate the National Catfish Day by enjoying any one of the favourite catfish dishes. This day is to value the farm-raised catfish so go to nearby markets and buy the farm-raised catfish and enjoy it with the family. Some of the other ideas to celebrate this day are as follows:

  • Go to the restaurant and order the favourite catfish dishes

  • Try out some different recipes on catfish

  • Invite friends and have dinner with different catfish recipes

  • Learn about the farm-raised catfish production

  • Use #NationalCatfishDay on social media and share the celebration of catfish day

National Catfish Day - Facts

  • Catfish are raised only about four to six feet deep in freshwater ponds

  • Catfish raised on farms are taught to eat feed pellets floating on top of water. Wild catfish are bottom feeders

  • One catfish can lay up to 4,000 eggs per pound of body weight per annum

  • The catfish has more than 27,000 taste buds 

  • The catfish is now America's fifth most popular fish

  • The catfish are available throughout the year

  • Young catfish are known as ‘sac fry’ because they still live off the food the yolk sacs provide

  • Catfish are named ‘fingerlings’ when they reach 4 inches long

  • Catfish are harvested in nets when weighing around 1-1⁄2 pounds

  • In Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana, about 95% of the nation's farm-raised catfish are raised

  • A blue catfish weighing 150 pounds in 1879 was the largest confirmed record in the U.S.  

  • The smallest catfish species is only 0.39 inches. Largest species can grow to almost 9 feet in length and 646 pounds in weight

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National Catfish Day - FAQ

1. When did National Catfish Day declared?  

The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 178, declared June 25 as National Catfish Day in 1987, so as to recognize the value of farm-raised catfish. It has been proclaimed by the US President, Ronald Reagan.
 

2. What are the health benefits of catfish?  


Catfish offers many health benefits. Catfish contain a good quantity of vitamin D, minerals, low cholesterol, a great source of Omega3, and protein. 

3. What kind of food do catfish eat?

Many species are omnivorous and consume a wide range of foods. Typical catfish consume items like other fish, aquatic plants, fish eggs, invertebrates, etc. Some catfish consume strange foods such as wood and algae.

4. How long does it take to grow  Farm-Raised Catfish?

Generally, catfish take about 18 months to two years to grow upto1 pound.