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TROUT

Released March 1, 2004

NEW YORK TROUT SALES UP

New York trout producers sold a total of 224,000 pounds of trout valued at $797,000 during the 12 months ending December 31, 2003. This production, which includes foodsize fish, stockers, and fingerlings, was up 56 percent from the production total of a year earlier. Value of production was up 41 percent from a year ago.

The 2003 output included 169,000 pounds of foodsize trout averaging $2.88 per pound in value, 53,000 pounds of stocker trout averaging $5.45 per pound, and 2,000 pounds of fingerlings. Foodsize fish averaged 1.1 pounds in weight, while stockers averaged .40 pounds. Poundage of foodsize trout sold was up 88 percent from 2002, and stocker poundage was up 10 percent.

TROUT:   Sales by Number, Liveweight, and Value, 2002 and 2003

Item

Unit

New York

Pennsylvania

United States

2002

2003

2002

2003

2002

2003

Foodsize Trout Sold

Number of head

(000)

90

160

1,360

1,380

50,191

45,941

Liveweight pounds

(000)

90

169

1,360

1,460

54,401

50,716

Total dollar value

(000)

327

487

3,876

3,796

58,492

55,361

Avg. wt./fish

lb.

1.0

1.1

1.0

1.1

1.1

1.1

Avg. price/lb.

$

3.63

2.88

2.85

2.60

1.08

1.09

Stocker Trout Sold

Number of head

(000)

120

145

600

500

7,386

6,328

Liveweight pounds

(000)

48

53

236

211

2,185

2,271

Total dollar value

(000)

198

289

873

802

5,523

5,661

Avg. wt./fish

lb.

.40

.40

.40

.40

.30

.40

Avg. price/lb.

$

4.13

5.45

3.70

3.80

2.53

2.49

Fingerling Trout Sold

Number of head

(000)

180

70

420

270

9,163

7,337

Liveweight pounds

(000)

6

2

17

8

174

182

Total dollar value

(000)

42

21

116

80

1,474

1,233

Total Trout Sold

Number of head

(000)

390

375

2,170

2,150

66,537

59,606

Liveweight pounds

(000)

144

224

1,638

1,679

56,781

53,169

Total dollar value

(000)

567

797

4,562

4,678

65,151

62,255

Avg. wt./fish

lb.

.37

.60

.75

.78

.85

.89

Avg. price/lb.

$

3.94

3.56

2.79

2.79

1.15

1.17

Number of producers 1/

 

39

40

51

57

378

545

1/ Number of producers is for January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2004.


Approximately 12 percent of New York's foodsize trout went to restaurants and other retailers. People engaged in fee fishing or recreational establishments accounted for 19 percent, while 48 percent was bought by live haulers. Other sales accounted for 5 percent of total sales. Fee fishing and recreational establishments took 25 percent of the stocker trout sold during 2003, while other producers took 10 percent and live haulers took 30 percent.

Pennsylvania trout sales for 2003 amounted to 1.679 million pounds, up 3 percent from 2002. Foodsize trout sales of 1.46 million pounds were up 8 percent from last year, while stocker sales, at 211,000 pounds, decreased 11 percent. Foodsize trout in the Keystone State averaged $2.60 per pound, while stockers averaged $3.80 per pound.

Trout growers in the United States sold a total of 53.2 million pounds of trout valued at $62.3 million during 2003, compared with 56.8 million pounds of trout valued at $65.2 million a year earlier. Foodsize fish accounted for 95 percent of the total pounds sold, with an average live weight of 1.10 pounds and an average value of $1.09 per pound. Stocker trout averaged .40 pounds live weight, with an average value of $2.49 per pound. U.S. growers sold 68 percent of their foodsize trout to processors, while fee fishing and recreational establishments took 54 percent of the stocker trout.

TROUT:   Foodsize and Stocker Sales by Outlet, Percent of Total Sold, 2002 and 2003

Sales Outlet

Foodsize

Stocker

New York

United States

New York

United States

2002

2003

2002

2003

2002

2003

2002

2003

 

Percent

Percent

  Live Haulers

0

48

0.9

1.4

13

30

5.0

5.2

  Fee & Recreation

26

19

20.3

19.5

39

25

54.5

54.2

  Other Producers

0

0

1.7

1.7

8

10

14.4

12.0

  Government Agencies

0

0

1.5

1.9

0

0

11.8

13.8

  Direct to Consumers

37

16

2.3

3.2

7

1/

5.7

5.2

  Processors

0

0

69.1

68.4

0

0

0.1

0

  Restaurant or Retailers

4

12

3.7

2.8

4

1/

3.8

6.0

  Other

33

5

0.5

1.1

29

26

4.7

3.6

  TOTAL SALES

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

TROUT:   Losses by Cause, Total Number Lost and Percent of Total, 2002 and 2003

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

2002

2003

2002

2003

  Disease

74

57

160

36

29,143

83.3

23,833

81.7

  Theft/Vandalism

1/

1/

1/

1/

134

0.4

316

1.1

  Chemical Contamination

1/

1/

0

0

16

0.1

4

0

  Drought

12

9

0

0

1,443

4.1

578

2.0

  Flood

0

0

1/

1/

51

0.1

254

0.9

  Predators

18

14

265

59

2,716

7.8

3,816

13.1

  Other

1/

1/

1/

1/

1,465

4.2

367

1.2

  TOTAL LOSSES

130

100

450

100

34,968

100

29,168

100

1/ Less than one percent or not disclosed