Shifting Baselines

Catfish: Lackluster No More

Say hello to delecata, a high grade specially filleted piece of North American farmed catfish. This new name was created with hopes of boosting the profile and profits of a struggling industry. In The New York Times Magazine, Paul Greenberg tells the story of U.S. southern fish farmers competing in a global marketplace and a catfish by any other name.

You can put lipstick on a catfish but it’s still a catfish. A new name, though? That’s another matter…


  1. #1 Nathan
    October 17, 2008

    Sounds good to me. Farm raised catfish are highly sustainable, and make for a really good lobster substitute in a lot of dishes. Not to mention being delectable on their own. I’ll take mine blackened please.

  2. #2 Jim Thomerson
    October 21, 2008

    If you don’t care for catfish you can always eat basa. (chuckle)

  3. #3 eddie
    October 21, 2008

    For the emerging market in eastasia, you should market them as fishcat.

  4. #4 Thehaymarketbomber
    November 4, 2008

    This is all very interesting but I, for one, would prefer fewer pictures of fish and more pictures of Jennifer.

  5. #5 sex
    February 13, 2009

    Yes Thats is a good idea. Thanks a lot

  6. #6 Nana Nancy
    June 9, 2009

    My granddaughter was watching a cooking show and wanted to see a picture of a real catfish. Thank you for the site. Jennifer is very beautiful, but I am glad for the Catfish picture. Men will be men. Thank you

  7. #7 David
    January 21, 2011

    Now if we can get Jennifer to come for dinner- poached catfish a la buerre – and some white wine…
    Well as we say in the South, “aint nothing finer.”

    Seriously, while Jennifer is a right sweet looker, Im glad to see the catfish is at least holding its own as a food source. The “prairie trout” has long been a favorite angling fish of mine. I would ratehr fish for cats than anything else in freshwater.

    I reckon that the more we farm and sustainably produce them via aquaculture – the more of them available to me as sport!

  8. #8 BilgiSpot
    January 27, 2011

    An interesting animal. Thanks

  9. #9 Lil Pluto
    May 24, 2011

    I like a catfish.

    The catfish some are lovely?

  10. #10 dr mustafa eraslan
    April 19, 2012

    thanks for information Jennifer is very beautiful, but I am glad for the Catfish picture

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