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By the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service - This full-text annual report by NASS contains the number of trout operations, grower sales, and fish losses for selected states during 2004.

US Annual Trout Production - By the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service - This full-text annual report by NASS contains the number of trout operations, grower sales, and fish losses for selected states during 2004.

Trout Value of Sales Increased 7 Percent from 2003

The total value of all sales, both fish and eggs, received by trout growers in the 20 selected States totaled 68.7 million dollars during 2004, an increase of 7 percent from 2003. For the Nation, sales of fish totaled 63.9 million dollars for 2004, while egg sales totaled 4.83 million dollars. The State of Idaho accounted for 51 percent of the total value of fish sold.

The number of trout 12 inches and longer sold during 2004 totaled 47.5 million fish, up 3 percent from the previous year. The average price per pound was $1.04, unchanged from 2003. The value of sales for the 2004 marketing year was 57.1 million dollars, up 8 percent from 2003. Based on the dollar value, 72 percent were sold to processors and 18 percent were sold to fee and recreational fishing establishments.

The number of 6"-12" trout sold during 2004 totaled 5.53 million fish, a decrease of 14 percent from 2003. The average price per pound was $2.63 during 2004, up 13 cents from the 2003 price. The total value of sales was 5.84 million dollars during 2004, a 2 percent increase from the previous year. The major sales outlet for 6"-12" trout was to fee and recreational fishing establishments accounting for 49 percent of the total sales, followed by government agencies with 15 percent, and other producers with 12 percent.

The number of 1"-6" trout sold during 2004 totaled 5.55 million, a 25 percent decrease from the previous year. The average value per 1,000 fish was $174.00 during 2004, a $5.00 increase from 2003. The total value of sales was 966 thousand dollars, down 22 percent from last year's total. Trout egg sales in 2004 totaled 290 million eggs, up 10 percent from the 264 million eggs sold during the previous year. The average value per 1,000 eggs during 2004 was $16.70 up 90 cents from 2003. The total value of trout egg sales during 2004 was 4.83 million dollars, an increase of 16 percent from the 4.18 million dollars in egg sales during the previous year.

Distributed Trout

Trout distributed for restoration, conservation, and recreational purposes, primarily by State and Federal hatcheries, included 10.2 million 12" or longer fish, 39.8 million 6"-12", and 75.8 million fingerlings. The estimated value of fish and eggs distributed totaled 64.8 million dollars, up 6 percent from 2003.

Losses of Fish

Total losses of all trout intended for sale were 21.9 million fish during 2004. The top three categories were 72.8 percent lost to disease, 12.1 percent to flooding, and 9.9 percent to predators. Losses to trout raised for distribution were primarily due to disease (74 percent) and predators (17 percent).

Trout: 12" or longer percent sold by point of first sale, US, 2004


Trout: 6" - 12" Percent sold by point of first sale, US, 2004

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Source: USDA NASS - Trout Production Report - February 2005

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