ALBANY — Trout sales statewide went swimmingly last year, according to recently-released statistics from the New York State Agricultural Statistics service.
The total value of fish sales received by trout growers statewide totaled $732,000 last year, according to federal statistics. That represents a 29 percent increase compared to 2017.
The total value has likewise increased significantly since 2012, when sales totaled about $325,000 statewide.
The figures include trout distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, or recreational purposes, primarily by state and federal hatcheries.
They included 2.53 million 6 to 12-inch fish with an estimated total value of $4.52 million, up 88 percent from 2017.
The estimated value of all distributed fish totaled $5.90 million dollars, up 78 percent from 2017.
Area trout farms include Whispering Pines Fish Farm in Holland, Erie County, along with the state fish hatchery in Caledonia, Livingston County, which raises brown trout.
For a complete breakdown of the federal statistics, check https://usda.library.cornell.edu/concern/publications/t722h882h