Mississippi leads the nation in aquaculture. Its aquaculture industry produces seafood and baitfish valued at $290 million annually. Mississippi aquaculture operations produce alligator, crawfish, freshwater prawns, hybrid striped bass, tilapia, and catfish.
Most American catfish farms are located in the Mississippi Delta. American catfish farming is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and it is one of the most quality-controlled products in the food industry.