Commercial aquaculture of channel catfish was first considered to be economically practical in the late 1950s, and catfish farming developed rapidly during the 1960s and 1970s. The commercial industry developed in the southern United States within the original range of the species, and most farmed catfish continue to be produced in the Mississippi River Valley region. Leading commercial catfish producing states are Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana. Channel catfish have been introduced into Europe, the Russian Federation, Cuba and portions of Latin America. The primary interest in many countries where the fish has been introduced appears to be recreational fishing, though there is some reported commercial production from farming in other countries, including China and Brazil.
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