Commercial catfish operations in the four major producing States (Alabama,
Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi) had 386 million foodsize fish on hand on
July 1, 2002, up 4 percent from the July 1, 2001 total of 372 million. The
breakouts of foodsize fish inventory numbers on July 1, 2002, with their
respective percent change from the previous year are: large foodsize,
10.2 million, up 66 percent; medium foodsize, 94.4 million, up 24 percent; and
small foodsize, 281 million, down 3 percent.