National Catfish Day is observed each year on June 25. In the United States, this national observance celebrates the value of farm-raised catfish.
A diverse group of ray-finned fish, catfish are named for their prominent barbels, which resemble cat whiskers.
- Catfish are nocturnal.
- They don’t have scales.
- Catfish are a good source of Vitamin D.
- In the United States, the most commonly eaten species are the channel catfish and the blue catfish.
A favorite dish of many Americans, this fine finned fish can be prepared many different ways. A traditional preparation method in the United States is to coat it with cornmeal and fry it.
In 1986, catfish comprised the third highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try this delicious recipe for catfish:
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President Ronald Reagan designated June 25 as National Catfish Day in 1987 by Presidential Proclamation after Congress called for the day to be established by Joint Resolution 178.