In the USA, the channel catfish is the primary species of farm-raised fish. American catfish farming began in the southern part of the country in the 1960's.
Most American catfish farms are located in the Mississippi Delta, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana, with their combined acreage accounting for more than 90 percent of American catfish production.
In 2009, Americans consumed nearly .85 pounds of catfish per person. U.S. catfish growers produced over $370 million in sales for the year.