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Pangasius (Pangasius bocourti) is a species of catfish in the family Pangasiidae. The species is native to the Mekong basin. These fish are important food fish with an international market. They are often labelled in North America and Australia as “basa fish”, tra, “swai”, “bocourti”, or striped catfish.
It may worth noting that the first time FAO statistics included this species in aquaculture production was in 1997 with around 40,000 tons indicating a subsequent drastic increase reaching about 1.288 million tons of pangasius in 2017.
Regarding the trade, Vietnam is currently the largest pangasius catfish exporting country in the world. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Vietnam), pangasius export turnover reached a record of 2.26 billion USD in 2018. The inserted video shows the feeding of pangasius in a large fish pond using a feeding boat loaded by sacs of commercial fish feed.