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TROUT

Released March 1, 2006

NEW YORK TROUT SALES INCREASE

New York trout producers sold a total of 132,000 pounds of trout valued at $507,000 during the 12 months ending December 31, 2005. This production, which includes food-size fish, stockers, and fingerlings, was up 4 percent from a year ago.

The 2005 output included 83,000 pounds of food-size trout averaging $3.03 per pound in value, 46,000 pounds of stocker trout averaging $4.49 per pound, and 3,000 pounds of fingerlings averaging $445.00 per 1,000 fish.

Food-size fish averaged 1.0 pounds in weight, while stockers averaged .40 pounds. Total weight of food-size trout sold was down 5 percent from 2004. Total weight of stocker trout was up 21 percent.

TROUT:  Sales by Number, Liveweight, and Value,
2004 and 2005

Item

Unit

New York

 Pennsylvania

United States

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

               

Foodsize Trout Sold

             

Number of head

(000)

90

80

1,160

1,290

49,591

55,501

Liveweight pounds

(000)

87

83

1,150

1,320

57,636

59,672

Total dollar value

(000)

262

251

3,335

3,960

59,397

62,554

Avg. wt./fish

lb.

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.2

1.1

Avg. price/lb.

$

3.01

3.03

2.90

3.00

1.03

1.05

               

Stocker Trout Sold

             

Number of head

(000)

105

115

450

490

5,518

4,785

Liveweight pounds

(000)

38

46

216

190

2,179

1,836

Total dollar value

(000)

179

207

821

760

5,852

5,180

Avg. wt./fish

lb.

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.4

Avg. price/lb.

$

4.705

4.49

3.80

4.00

2.69

2.82

               

Fingerling Trout Sold

             

Number of head

(000)

110

110

190

290

5,550

7,059

Liveweight pounds

(000)

3

3

5

5

113

168

Total dollar value

(000)

37

49

67

87

966

1,320

               

Total Trout Sold

             

Number of head

(000)

305

305

1,800

2,070

60,659

67,345

Liveweight pounds

(000)

128

132

1,371

1,515

59,928

61,676

Total dollar value

(000)

478

507

4,223

4,807

66,215

69,054

Avg. wt./fish

lb.

0.42

0.43

0.76

0.73

0.99

0.92

Avg. price/lb.

$

3.73

3.84

3.08

3.17

1.10

1.12

               

Number of producers 1/

 

37

36

58

57

592

601

               
 

Approximately 3 percent of New York’s food-size trout went to restaurants and other retailers. People engaged in fee fishing or recreational establishments accounted for 51 percent, while 39 percent was bought directly by consumers. Fee fishing and recreational establishments took 65 percent of the stocker trout sold during 2005, while other sales took 26 percent.

Pennsylvania trout sales for 2005 amounted to 1.515 million pounds, up 11 percent from 2004. Food-size trout sales of 1.32 million pounds were up 15 percent from last year, while stocker sales, at 190,000 pounds decreased 12 percent.   Food-size trout in the Keystone State averaged $3.00 per pound, while stockers averaged $4.00 per pound.

Trout growers in the United States sold a total of 61.7 million pounds of trout valued at $69.1 million during 2005, compared with 59.9 million pounds of trout valued at $66.2 million a year earlier. Food-size fish accounted for 97 percent of the total pounds sold, with an average live weight of 1.10 pounds and an average value of $1.05 per pound. Stocker trout averaged .40 pounds live weight, with an average value of $2.82 per pound. U.S. growers sold 67 percent of their food-size trout to processors, while fee fishing and recreational establishments took 51 percent of the stocker trout.

TROUT:  Foodsize and Stocker Sales by Outlet, Percent of Total Sold,

2004 and 2005

Sales Outlet

Foodsize

Stocker

New York

United States

New York

United States

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

 

Percent

Percent

                 

Live Haulers

*

*

2.3

5.5

*

*

6.7

4.7

Fee & Recreation

48

51

17.4

18.9

41

65

49.9

51.3

Other Producers

*

*

1.8

1

*

*

11.4

6.4

Government Agencies

*

*

1.5

1

*

*

15.7

19.8

Direct to Consumers

16

39

2.1

3.7

18

26

10.5

8

Processors

*

*

73.4

66.5

*

*

1.7

2.3

Restaurant or Retailers

3

3

1.4

2.4

*

*

0.5

1.9

Other

8

*

0.1

1

36

*

3.6

5.6

                 

   TROUT:  Losses by Cause, Total Number Lost and Percent of Total,
  2004 and 2005

Cause of Loss

New York

United States

No. Lost (000)

Percent

of Total

No. Lost (000)

Percent

of Total

No. Lost (000)

Percent

of Total

No. Lost (000)

Percent

of Total

2004

2005

2004

2005

                 

Disease

15

14

  5

23

15,942

72.8

16,359

50.9

Theft/Vandalism

  *

  *

  *

  *

       86

  0.4

       26

  0.1

Chemical Contamination

  *

  *

  *

  *

         9

      *

         4

      *

Drought

  *

  *

  *

  *

     324

  1.5

  6,188

19.3

Flood

  *

  *

  *

  *

  2,646

12.1

     256

  0.8

Predators

28

27

11

50

  2,167

  9.9

  2,674

  8.3

Other

  *

  *

  *

  *

     718

  3.3

  6,618

20.6

                 

*  Less than one percent or not disclosed.