The 25th of June is Catfish Day.
Specifically, the day is supposed to be about farm-raised catfish, which is environmentally sustainable “The National Audubon Society, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Environmental Defense all recommend U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish as a safe environmental choice”  FAQS. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.uscatfish.com/faqs and has a clean, mild taste.
The catfish farming business in the United States is largely in four states: “Ninety-four percent of all U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is raised in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.”  FAQS. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.uscatfish.com/faqs
Have you had catfish before? If so, what’s your favourite way to cook it, and what’s your favourite catfish dish?
It is often traditionally coated in cornmeal and fried. It can be easier to debone after it has been cooked whole.
Many people who don’t like fish find that they like farmed catfish, because it doesn’t have a fishy taste.
Des Allemands, Louisiana calls itself the “Catfish Capital of the Universe.” Each summer since 1975 (the exact date seems to vary) the town has held the 3-day ‘Louisiana Catfish Festival’.
Activities for today
- go fishing at a stocked pond to see if you can catch your own;
- buy some catfish at your local fishmonger or grocery store;
- treat yourself to a catfish meal at a restaurant.
In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Regan proclaimed (Proclamation 5672) the 25th of June 1987 to be National Catfish Day.
While it’s important to bear in mind that, officially, those types of proclamations only apply to that day in that year, and not subsequent years, at least this food day has some basis in reality, unlike many others.
“Proclamation 5672 — National Catfish Day, 1987
June 25, 1987
By the President of the United States of America
More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy — farm-raised catfish. In 1986, catfish comprised the third highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States.
Ninety-nine percent of all these catfish were farm-raised. Between 1975 and 1985, production of farm-raised catfish increased by 1200 percent. Most observers expect that production will continue to increase in 1987. Production costs of catfish farming, which have averaged only 65 cents per pound over the past 8 years, have resulted in a stable income for growers and an economical food product for consumers. The accompanying growth of the catfish processing industry also has created thousands of permanent jobs.
Farm-raised catfish have come a long way from their bottom-feeding ancestors. The catfish that are available today, fresh or frozen in markets nationwide, are products of state-of-the-art methods of aquaculture. They thrive in clean freshwater ponds on many American farms, where they are surface-fed soybean meal, corn, fish meal, vitamins, and minerals. Farm-raised catfish not only furnish American consumers with a tasty delicacy but also provide a nutritious, low-calorie source of protein that is also low in cholesterol.
In recognition of the value of farm-raised catfish, the Congress, by House Joint Resolution 178, has designated June 25, 1987, as “National Catfish Day” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in its observance.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 25, 1987, as National Catfish Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.
[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 4:13 p.m., June 25, 1987. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/STATUTE-101/pdf/STATUTE-101-Pg2156.pdf]
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