The Truth about Catfish Farms

When I first found out I was expecting, a concern at the top of my list was what I could and couldn’t eat. That list is long and a little counter intuitive if you ask me. 

So imagine my surprise when my doctor told me that I could have as much U.S. farm raised fish as my little heart desired. She specifically named tilapia and catfish as top candidates because of their nutrition level and mild flavors which are much appreciated in the early weeks when morning sickness is the real deal. 

Then, and I am not making this up, we were invited to come shoot a show on a catfish farm in Alabama. You just can’t make this stuff up! I jumped at the chance because I was curious to see just what all goes into raising fish on a farm. That’s not something you get an inside look at every day! I would also be lying if I said I wasn’t still wondering why farm raised fish were so much safer for a pregnant me than even things coming out of the ocean. That seemed completely counterintuitive to me. 

So we hopped on a plane and to Alabama we went! I got to meet Peter, whose farm we filmed part of the episode at. It was gorgeous, pristine, and oh so relaxing. As he explained how highly monitored and regulated each pond was, the technology that takes minute by minute data of oxygen levels, the highly studied and nutritionally pristine diet the fish are fed, and the sheer effort that goes into making sure these fish are in tip top shape – I began to see why my doctor said U.S. farm raised fish was a-okay. With all of the strict regulations American catfish farmers have to meet, it’s certain that the fish you’ll be eating is not only delicious, but also insanely healthy for you. I sincerely think they are better taken care of and have have better diets than I do. 

Then it was time for a fish fry! It was a true homage to southern hospitality; it was hard to tell what our belly aches were from – too much good food or laughing too hard! 

It was such a neat experience and one that left me completely impressed with the jobs that catfish famers do to make sure that me and my baby have the healthiest, tastiest food options in our super markets! 


  1. December 7, 2018 / 9:48 PM

    I live in the country outside of Birmingham where I work but spend lots of time in Greene, Marengo & Hale counties where I have friends who raise catfish.You and your team did an outstanding job of producing a fun and informative catfish segment. I look forward to seeing your new baby on the show too!All the best

    • Madison
      February 5, 2019 / 3:53 PM

      Thank you so much Bill! I love being able to highlight the incredible food producers we have here in the USA and the amazing job they do to provide us with nutritious food. I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed it. We’ll have many more shows and segments like that this upcoming season!

  2. Carolyn Poss
    August 31, 2019 / 10:54 AM

    We loved this episode. We have been looking for this gentleman’s catfish farm online in hopes of buying some catfish online. Can’t seem to locate him. Do you have a weblink or email for him to contact? Thanks

    PS we love all your shows. Can’t wait for a new one.

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