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Aquaculture

Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition

Florida growers sold a record $102 million in aquaculture products during 1997, an increase of 29 percent over the $79 million in sales recorded in a 1995 survey.

The tropical fish segment, as in earlier surveys, continued to dominate Floridas aquaculture industry. There were 203 active growers, accounting for $57.2 million in sales, or 56 percent of the 1997 total.

Aquatic plants, with 59 growers and $13.2 million in gross sales, placed second in value. Sales of other aquatics such as crawfish, fresh water shrimp and eels jumped to $12.1 million, up from $4.15 million in 1995.

Clam production zoomed to $12.7 million, up 135 percent from $5.41 in 1995.

Alligator growers recorded gross income of $4.5 million in sales of both hides and meat. The 26 active growers sold 19,560 hides for an average price of $122 per hide.

Producers also sold 112,822 pounds of meat, about 5.8 pounds per gator, at an average price of $7.02 per pound.

Sales in tilapia fish reached $1.06 million, and sales from sport/game fish totaled $1.04 million. All other aquatic sales totaled $5.58 million from 13 growers.




Aquaculture Producers, Areas and Value

Year

Growers

Water Surface (Acres)

Water Surface (Square Feet)

Value

1997

1995

1993

1991

1989

1987

552

513

523

448

400

342

11,627

7,499

10,300

8,100

8,100

8,425

82,277,000

69,659,000

71,702,000

68,497,000

59,447,000

61,649,000

$102,000,000

$79,000,000

$73,000,000

$54,000,000

$51,000,000

$35,000,000

 



Leading Aquaculture Products and Value

Year

Tropical Fish

Aquatic Plants

Oysters & Clams

Alligators

Sport and Game Fish

Catfish & Others

(In millions of dollars)

1997

1995

1993

1991

1989

1987

$57.20

$52.50

$46.70

$32.80

$33.70

$21.70

$13.20

$8.60

$13.20

$9.90

$7.00

$6.70

$13.07

$6.43

$4.63

$2.55

$2.10

$1.10

$3.18

$4.50

$4.43

$4.39

$4.50

$1.70

$1.04

$1.02

$2.27

$1.36

$1.60

N/A

$13.76

$5.58

$1.79

$3.39

$1.90

$1.60

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



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