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Belzoni, Mississippi is the catfish capital of the world. The combination of warm weather, soils well-suited for ponds, and access to transportation that brings feed from the Midwest has led to the creation of a booming aquaculture industry for farm-raised catfish. Harvesting catfish is a messy job, requiring workers with cranes and nets to wrestle with thousands of wriggling catfish in the early dawn hours, before the fish are loaded into trucks and taken to processing plants. Most catfish is raised in the Mississippi delta and consumed in the south and Midwest, with lower rates of consumption in coastal areas where sea fish are in greater supply and in greater demand. .