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For centuries, a catfish was merely a type of fish with a distinctive face. Then, in 2010, Ariel Schulman released Catfish, a documentary about his brother Nev's experiences with a woman who pretended to be someone else online. (The movie was popular enough to spawn a television show by the same title.) In the documentary, the woman's husband explained the title with an anecdote about how fishermen transporting live cod used to put catfish in with the cod on long-haul shipments to keep the desirable cod active and alert until arrival. The man implied that his wife was like those catfish, keeping the lives of others fresh and interesting.
The amazing sensory apparatus on this species relays important information about the composition of its surrounding environment. The catfish has also served as a common delicacy in many human cultures around the world. This is both a blessing and a curse. Where there is no regulation on fishing, the catfish may be driven to the brink of extinction. But when humans take an interest in its survival, the catfish is allowed to thrive.
The order of Siluriformes possesses a truly staggering amount of diversity. It contains around 3,000 species across 35 different families. By comparison, the primate order, which includes all humans, apes, and monkeys, is composed of only a few hundred species. Here are just a few examples of catfish species:
All catfish belong to a single order known by the scientific name of Siluriformes. As you may already know, an order is the next major level of taxonomy below a class. In the case of the catfish, it is in a class of ray-finned fishes known as the Actinopterygii, which also includes tuna, swordfish, salmon, cod, and many other types of fish. All catfish evolved from a single common ancestor. This means a single group branched out and led to all modern catfish species.
The size also reflects its immense diversity. The order ranges greatly in size between the banjo catfish, which is less than an inch long, and the truly massive wels catfish, which measures up to 15 feet in length and 660 pounds in weight. Sexual differences between males and females seem to occur in about half of all documented families. Some species feature truly unusual adaptations. For instance, the upside-down catfish lives up to its name by swimming upside down. The electric catfish in Africa can generate some 450 volts of electricity. The walking catfish can traverse land for short distances in between pools by moving on its front fins and tail; it also has the ability to breathe in oxygen from the air. Each of these adaptations is well-suited for the environment in which it lives.
The majority of this type of fish inhabit the shallow freshwater regions of every continent on the planet except for Antarctica. The only exceptions are several species adapted specifically for saltwater environments or even caves. Population numbers are generally quite strong across the world, and most species are not yet at risk of extinction. However, some species are increasingly in peril due to overfishing and marine pollution. The Mekong giant catfish of Southeast Asia and China, the Andean catfish of Ecuador, the blind-whiskered catfish of Mexico, and several other species are all considered to be critically endangered, while many others are trending that way.
The catfish lives in so many different places that it has a staggering list of predators. Some of the most common predators include birds of prey, snakes, alligators, otters, fish (including other catfish), and of course, humans. Due to their large physical size and defensive spines, the catfish is hardly the first choice of prey for many predators. But some of the smaller of the species, in particular, are most vulnerable.
With approximately 3,000 species to account for, this fish varies quite a bit in terms of its reproduction habits. Breeding season usually occurs during the late spring and early summer. The females can lay thousands of eggs at a time within small hiding places such as rock crevices or dense vegetation. The eggs hatch quickly after a mere 5 to 10 days. The male is tasked with much of the parental duty. The maximum life expectancy of a typical catfish species is anywhere between 8 and 20 years in the wild. Some of them obviously fall victim to predators long before this.
The catfish is such a popular dish throughout the world that large numbers of catfish are deliberately raised in farms. Each local culture tends to have its own method of cooking the catfish. In the Southeastern United States, it is typically rolled in cornmeal and fried. In Southeast Asia, it is grilled or fried and then eaten with various vegetables and spices. In Hungary, it is cooked with paprika sauce and noodles.
There are many differences between swai and catfish, including their sizes and locations. Swai are larger than some types of catfish and are only found in Asia, while catfish are found around the world.
This survey provides basic production data for the catfish industry. The survey allows the industry to track water area devoted to production and other uses; the number, pounds, and value of fish produced; the point of first sale; and the number and pounds of fish in inventory. All known catfish farms in nine leading producing states are included in the January survey. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas. Three states, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi, are surveyed in July.
Publications:Results are published in the Catfish Production report in January and July. The January report contains number of catfish farms; water area devoted to production and other uses; the number, pounds, and value of fish produced; the point of first sale; and the number of fish in inventory are provided for 7 states and a U.S. total. The July report contains number of catfish farms, inventory, and water area by state and a three-state total.
Producers and marketers use sales, price and inventory numbers to project future supplies of catfish. Producers and processors use the data in making business decisions. Economists use sales and price data to assess the present status and future of the industry. Data are also used in assessing the general situation of the agricultural sector.
A list of catfish operations is maintained by NASS. All operations (about 1,200) are selected for each survey in the states included in the program. The reference date for the inventory and water area is January 1 or July 1 of the current year. Sales data refer to the previous calendar year. Questionnaires are mailed to reach respondents about the first of the month. Growers not returning questionnaires by mail are followed up by phone. In some cases, personal visits are made.
Minnesota has two catfish species - channel and flathead - and three bullhead species - black, brown, and yellow. These fish are found throughout the state but are most prevalent in warm, fertile rivers and lakes in western and southern Minnesota. The Red, Minnesota, Mississippi, and St. Croix rivers all are known for their excellent catfishing.
To tell a channel catfish from the flathead, look at the lower jaw and the tail. The flathead has a slightly protruding lower jaw, like an under-bite. And its tail is square, where the channel's is forked.
All catfish and bullheads have a sharp spine at the leading edges of the dorsal (top) fin and two pectoral (side) fins. These spines, not the fish's whiskers (called barbels) are what "sting" careless anglers. When the fish is alarmed, it raises and locks its spike fins into an upright position. The pain comes from when a person accidentally pokes himself on the spine, not from any poison released by the fish. Once you learn where the spines are located, catfish and bullheads areas safe to hold as any fish.
The catfish is as amazing. It definitely gives you fish fry on a hot Saturday with the fam. I got the jerk wings as well. I wasn't so much a fan of the jerk wings but my husband loved them. Catfish Heaven is the spot for catfish for sure'nn
So yummy so worth it, fast food! One order can serve two no problem. The hurricane punch is delicious just like old school kool aid. No indoor seating because of covid but great for take out and they bring the order to ur car. Best catfish in town and great wings!
Best catfish in Tuscaloosa! I always ask for buffalo sauce so I can dip my fish in and wrap the bread around. The wings are phenomenal...all flavors. The price is good. We always get ours to go and it has become a game day tradition...
Catfish is the best catfish in Tuscaloosa hands down. Great amount crispiness and the meat is cooked excellent. 3 Pc. combo is cheap and gives you a ton of food. Wings are also excellent, little pricey but they load you up on sauce and they're good quality.
As an out-of-state student from Texas, I was absolutely craving some good, fried catfish. I'm very particular about how my fish is cooked - I like it to truly reflect Southern culture. I looked for places that sold catfish and came across this joint...
The Invasive Catfish Workgroup is responsible for coordinating the best available science and developing methods to evaluate the impacts of invasive catfish species on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The role of the Invasive Catfish Workgroup will be to regularly report out on current knowledge of the issue and incorporate all available information on blue and flathead catfish to inform a management strategy for handling these invasive species across all jurisdictions. 041b061a72