Basa (Panga Fish)
One of the most popular types of farm-raised fish is basa, a mild-flavored white-flesh fish. Basa are members of a family (Pangasiidae) of Asian catfish called pangasius.
In 2009, Pangasius was included on the National Fisheries Institute's "Top Ten" list of the most consumed seafood in America. The NFI Top 10 rankings are based on tonnage of fish sold.
Basa is commonly farmed in Asia. It is also called panga fish, tra, or swai. The basa fish is native to Vietnam and Thailand. Basa are important food fish in several countries and are widely traded in the international market.
In the UK, the species is marketed as river cobbler or basa. In other parts of Europe, basa are marketed as pangasius or panga fish.