North African catfish


North African catfish


North African catfish is a species raised in Poland since 1989. An omnivore from Africa and Asia Minor, it lives in freshwater and saltwater reservoirs. It requires very little oxygen (it can breathe atmospheric oxygen). In Poland, North African catfish is raised in reservoirs with heated water recirculation (annual production equals about 200 tonnes). North African catfish is tasty, lean (about 4% fat), and is free of annoying bones. Because of its consistency and high protein content it is comparable to veal. It can also be smoked. The byproducts of filleting this fish are used for collagen production.



Fact file
Scientific name: Clarias gariepinus
Polish production (2008-2010): ca. 90-200 tonnes
Usage: fresh fish, smoked fish