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Monday, June 25, 2012


AS THE WORLD TURNS—During June 1987 the planet witnessed:

--the first woman British prime minister in 160 years to win her 3rd consecutive term.

--Oliver North’s secretary Fawn Hall testifies in Iran Contra hearing.

--New Zealand bans nuclear weapons and nuke powered vessels from its territory.

--The last Dusky Seaside Sparrow dies adding its name to the list of extinct species on the planet.

--Supreme Court rules schools teaching evolution need not teach creation.

--Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. retires.

--Johnny Carson marries 4th wife Alexis Mass

--Ben & Jerry’s announces Cherry Garcia flavor after Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia.

Meanwhile at the White House on this day, President Ronald Reagan proclaims June 25 will be forevermore National Farmed Catfish Day. Go Cats!

For the official White House proclamation go to


Tease as we may, The U.S. catfish industry is doing very well. It is doing its part to produce healthy and sustainable food for consumers. Catfish day has spawned National Catfish Month in August. There are catfish festivals going on mainly in the south, where catfish are farmed: Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

The species of catfish grown on U.S. Catfish farms is the common

Channel Catfish (Ictalurus Punctatus), which is native to the growing region and is found in rivers, lakes and streams throughout North America.

The National Audubon Society, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Environmental

Defense Fund all recommend U.S. farm-raised Catfish as a sound environmental seafood choice.

For those that don’t like the taste of wild catfish, the organization points out farm grown cats are milder tasting because of the controlled diet. Check out the site for recipes.

Image: While National Catfish Day and Month are strictly U.S. celebrations, we had to go to Canada for this image of Chuck, the Channel Catfish, who has been immortalized in this roadside sculpture in Selkirk, Manitoba.

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