News features and technical articles about the evolution of aquaculture, one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

channel catfish

Health & Welfare

Genetic response to selection in channel catfish

USDA and partners are developing channel catfish that exhibit superior growth, fillet yield and resistance to enteric septicemia. Although ongoing research continues to select the USDA lines for better performance, studies comparing the strains have been inconclusive. 

Health & Welfare

Maximizing channel catfish production

Higher production typically results in higher profits at channel catfish farms, but ponds must be individually managed to maximize production. 

Health & Welfare

Temperature cycles induce early maturation in channel catfish

Research with channel catfish found that the induction of puberty is a developmental pro­cess that requires temperature cycles and is independent of body size. It may be possible to achieve early maturation in channel catfish in less than two years.