Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in trout value of sales
Source: PA Office of USDA NASS
The total value of fish sales received by trout growers in Pennsylvania totaled $7.37 million for 2022, an increase of 3% from 2021. Pennsylvania accounted for 7% 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 2022 totaled 1.09 million fish, down 15% from the previous year. The average price per pound was $4.43, down 11 cents from 2021. The value of sales for the 2022 marketing year was $5.98 million, down 4% from 2021.
Trout distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, or recreational purposes, primarily by State and Federal hatcheries, included 700 thousand 12" or longer fish, 5.79 million 6"- 12" fish, and 1.01 million 1"- 6" fish. The estimated value of fish distributed totaled $15.4 million, up 10% from 2021.
Total losses of all trout intended for sale were 495 thousand fish during 2022.