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Contact: Bryan Combs
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
New York Trout Sales Decline
New York trout producers sold a total of 72,000 pounds of trout valued at $441,000 during the 12 months ending December 31, 2007, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office. Total production pounds, including food-size fish, stockers, and fingerlings, was down 45 percent from a year ago while total sales were 18 percent below last year.
The 2007 output included 40,000 pounds of food-size trout averaging $4.98 per pound in value, 30,000 pounds of stocker trout averaging $5.98 per pound, and 2,000 pounds of fingerlings averaging $625.00 per 1,000 fish.
Food-size fish averaged 0.8 pounds in weight, while stockers averaged 0.3 pounds. Total weight of food-size trout sold was down 44 percent from 2006. Total weight of stocker trout was down 40 percent.
New York distributed trout totaled 6.5 million fish, up 4.8 percent from 2006. Distributed trout 1-6 accounted for 47.5 percent of all trout distributed in the state with an average live weight of 0.3 pounds.
Trout growers in the United States sold a total of 74.3 million trout valued at $87.5 million during 2007, compared with 62.7 million trout valued at $74.9 million a year earlier. Food-size fish accounted for 80 percent of the total trout sold, with an average live weight of 1.20 pounds and an average value of $1.15 per pound. Stocker trout averaged 0.4 pounds live weight, with an average value of $2.95 per pound. U.S. growers sold 66.9 percent of their food-size trout to processors, while fee fishing and recreational establishments took 45 percent of the stocker trout.
Trout distributed for restoration, conservation, and recreational purposes, primarily by State and Federal hatcheries, included 8.20 million 12 or longer fish, 68.7 million 6-12 fish and 78.9 million fingerlings. The estimated value of fish and eggs distributed totaled 102 million dollars, up 16 percent from 2006.