Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
24 December 2016
El Rio Grande Supermarket
E. Berry & I-35W
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
Stopped at El Rio Grande Supermarket in Fort Worth (near the corner of E. Berry and I-35W) and found these live fish for sale. These fish are Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus). According to the worker attending the fish portion of the meat department, these fish had arrived earlier that day. When asked in Spanish whether the fish are fed after they arrive and are placed in the tank, she responded, “No.” She added: “They are kept alive for four days and are not fed during that time. At the end of that period, we process them, clean them and put them up for sale. The fish are more expensive once they’ve been cleaned than if bought live.” According to the note accompanying the notice of jobs in the aquaculture industry found at Job Monkey: “Catfish is the most commonly produced aquatic species in the United States, with primary production located in the southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi along the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. The primary subspecies is the channel catfish, due to its high spawning efficiency and high survival rates.”—Job Monkey: http://www.jobmonkey.com/aquaculturejobs/common-aquaculture-species/
See the related companion observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4868784
Just got a quick shot before they unhooked and threw it back.
Photo by Clinton Nienhaus
Channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, is North America's most numerous catfish species. It is the official fish of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Tennessee, and is informally referred to as a "channel cat". In the United States, they are the most fished catfish species with approximately 8 million anglers targeting them per year. The popularity of channel catfish for food has contributed to the rapid growth of aquaculture of this species in the United States.