Idaho's food-size trout sales up 11.4% year-over-year to US$37.6M in 2011, as average price reaches US$1.14/lb., up from US$1.03/lb. last year, USDA says; number of fish caught down 3.2% to 27.6 million

BOISE, Idaho , February 24, 2012 (press release) – Idaho food size trout (trout 12 inches and longer) sales during 2011 totaled $37.6 million, up 11.4 percent from the $33.8 million in 2010, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of food size fish sold was 27.6 million, down 3.2 percent from the 28.5 million sold a year ago. Total pounds sold in 2011 were 33.0 million pounds, compared to 32.8 million pounds in 2010. Average price per pound for food size trout was $1.14, up from $1.03 in 2010.

The total value of fish sales received by trout growers in the United States totaled 76.6 million dollars for 2011, an increase of 7 percent from 2010. Idaho accounted for 50 percent of the total value of fish sold. The number of trout 12 inches and longer sold during 2011 totaled 38.4 million fish, down 1 percent from the previous year. The average price per pound was $1.53, up 13 cents from 2010. The value of sales for the 2011 marketing year was 69.5 million dollars, up 10 percent from 2010. For trout 12 inches or longer, 48 percent were sold to processors.

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