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U.S. Catfish is a "Best Choice" for Sustainability
April 14, 2014 -- As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) works on a sustainable seafood certification program, the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish industry is proud to have already won high marks on sustainability and environmental responsibility from several independent non-profit seafood research and consumer organizations.  These include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, New England Aquarium, and Food and Water Watch.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch rates U.S. Farm-Raised catfish as the "best choice" because it's farmed in an ecologically responsible manner.  It recommends consumers look for the country-of-origin label to ensure you're purchasing U.S. farm-raised instead of imported fish "like basa, Pangasius and swai."
Similarly, New England Aquarium's Conservation and Research Program says U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is one of the "most environmentally responsible seafood choices available to consumers today."  It warns that basa, tra or swai raised "in the Vietnam Mekong Delta region may not be farmed in the same responsible way."

The food safety group Food and Water Watch says U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is a "smart" seafood choice because U.S. catfish farms are regulated much more stringently than in other countries and are hormone-free and, under normal growing conditions, antibiotic free.  "Catfish growers practice alternative methods of disease treatment to avoid the use of antibiotics."


U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is the smart, healthful and safe choice for American families.  For recipes and more information, visit


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