Aquaculture Magazine

April / May 2016

Trout Production in 2015.

By C. Greg Lutz

The total value of fish sales received by trout growers in the United States totaled 104 million dollars for 2015, an increase of 1 percent from 2014. Idaho accounted for 47 percent of the total value of fish sold.

Based on a report released February 26, 2016, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Value of trout sales increased 1 Percent from 2014.

The total value of fish sales received by trout growers in the United States totaled 104 million dollars for 2015, an increase of 1 percent from 2014. Idaho accounted for 47 percent of the total value of fish sold.

The number of trout 12 inches and longer sold during 2015 totaled 45.4 million fish, down 6 percent from the previous year. The average price per pound was $1.66, up 5 percent from 2014. The value of sales for the 2015 marketing year was 96.4 million dollars, up 1 percent from 2014. For trout 12 inches or longer, 58 percent were sold to processors.

The number of 6”- 12” trout sold during 2015 totaled 4.9 million fish, a decrease of 5 percent from 2014. The average price per pound was $3.50 during 2015, up 6 percent from the 2014 price. The total value of sales was 6.42 million dollars during 2015, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. The major sales outlets for 6”-12” trout were for recreational stocking accounting for 48 percent of total sales, followed by government agencies with 22 percent.

The number of 1”- 6” trout sold during 2015 totaled 8.47 million, an increase of 1 percent from the previous year. The average value per 1,000 fish was $181 during 2015, down from $194 in 2014. The total value of sales was 1.53 million dollars, down 5 percent from last year’s total.


Distributed Trout

Trout distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, or recreational purposes, primarily by State and Federal hatcheries, included 7.32 million 12” or longer fish, 67.0 million 6”- 12” fish, and 58.7 million 1”- 6” fish. The estimated value of fish distributed totaled 118 million dollars, up 5 percent from 2014.

Trout Losses

Total losses of all trout intended for sale were 28.3 million fish during 2015. Disease accounted for 90 percent of these losses.

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