The total value of fish sales received by trout growers in Pennsylvania totaled 6.28 million dollars for 2017, an increase of 6 percent from 2016. Pennsylvania accounted for 6 percent of the total value of fish sold in the United States, ranking Pennsylvania third nationally behind Idaho and North Carolina, according to King Whetstone, Regional Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northeastern Regional Office.
The number of trout 12 inches and longer sold during 2017 totaled 970 thousand fish, down 1 percent from the previous year. The average price per pound was $4.56, up 2 cents from 2016. The value of sales for the 2017 marketing year was 4.88 million dollars, down 1 percent from 2016.
The number of 6″- 12″ trout sold during 2017 totaled 530 thousand fish, an increase of 6 percent from 2016. The average price per pound was $4.72 during 2017, up 16 cents from the 2016 price. The total value of sales was 1.32 million dollars during 2017, a 48 percent increase from the previous year.
The number of 1″- 6″ trout sold during 2017 totaled 115 thousand, a 4 percent decrease from the previous year. The average value per 1,000 fish was $651 during 2017, up 100 dollars from 2016. The total value of sales was 75 thousand dollars, up 14 percent from last year’s total.
Trout distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, or recreational purposes, primarily by State and Federal hatcheries, included 2.12 million 12″ or longer fish, 2.65 million 6″- 12″ fish, and 1.11 million 1″- 6″ fish. The estimated value of fish distributed totaled 9.2 million dollars, down 30 percent from 2016.
Total losses of all trout intended for sale were 487 thousand fish during 2017.