through

fine-

bubble


airstones.


The


wholesalers


will


normally


pay

the


producer


upon


receipt


of


the


fish

and

will
assume

all


risk

of


mortality


after


leaving

the


production

facility.

Fillet
Fillets
Few

Hybrid


Striped

Bass


produced

in


the


United


States


are


processed.


Fillets

are


becoming


more


common


as
an
imported


product


from

Taiwan.


They


are


packaged


skin

-

on

and

individually


quick


frozen.

Fillets

are


about
45%

of


the


whole

fish

by

weight.


Conclusion
Hybrid

Striped

Bass


culture


is


a

very


successful


and

potentially


profitable

aquaculture


enterprise


in


Florida

and
the

United


States.


Hatchery


production

of


Hybrid


Striped

Bass


fingerlings

and

grow

out


in


ponds,


tanks,


and
cages
has

been


well


documented


in


several


locations.


In


addition,


there


are


well

-

established

wholesale


and
retail

markets

and

growing


consumer


demand

for


this

domestically


farmed

seafood

product.
Catfish
Catfish
order


(

Siluriformes

)


are


a

diverse


group

of


ray

-

finned


fish.


Named


for


their


prominent


barbels,

which
resemble
a

cat's


whiskers,


catfish


range

in


size


and

behavior


from

the


heaviest


and

longest,


the


Mekong

giant
catfish

from

Southeast


Asia


and

the


second


longest,


the


wels


catfish


of


Eurasia,


to


detritivores


(species


that
eat

dead


material

on

the


bottom),


and

even

to


a

tiny

parasitic


species


commonly

called

the


candiru,


Vandellia
cirrhosa.

There

are


armour

-

plated


types


and

also


naked


types,


neither

having


scales.


Despite


their


name,


not
all

catfish


have

prominent


barbels;

members

of


the


Siluriformes


order


are


defined


by

features

of


the


skull


and
swimbladder.

Catfish

are


of


considerable

commercial


importance;


many


of


the


larger

species


are


farmed

or
fished
for


food.


Many


of


the


smaller


species,


particularly


the


genus


Corydoras,


are


important


in


the


aquarium
hobby.
Aquaculture
Catfish
are


easy

to


farm

in


warm


climates,


leading


to


inexpensive


and

safe


food


at


local

grocers.


Belzoni,
Mississippi

is


actually


the


catfish


capital


of


the


world.


Catfish

are


cultivated


in


North


America

(especially


in


the
Deep

South,


with


Mississippi


being


the


most


progressive.


In


Central


Louisiana,

Morgan


W.


Walker,


Jr.,


an
Alexandria,

Louisiana


businessman,


in


1970


converted


a

1,100

-

acre


(4.5


km

2
)


cattle


ranch


into

catfish


ponds
to

raise

fish

on

a

mass


scale


for


sale


and

consumption.
Catfish
raised


in


inland

tanks


or


channels


are


considered


safe


for


the


environment,


since


their


waste

and
disease

should


be

contained


and

not


spread

to


the


wild.
Channel

Catfish