Florida Aquaculture Sales Top $69 Million in 2012
Contact: Erin Gillespie • Press Secretary
(850) 617-7737 • Erin.Gillespie@FreshFromFlorida.com
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services announced today the 2012 Florida aquaculture survey showed $69 million of aquaculture sales in the state last year.
Florida aquaculture sales were reported by 404 farms on a statewide survey completed by the Florida Agricultural Statistics Service and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Florida aquafarmers produced ornamental fish, shellfish, alligators, aquatic plants, and food, game and bait fish, among other aquatic animals.
“We know Florida has some of the best seafood in the world. This survey shows that demand is still great for our high-quality, wholesome seafood,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
Ornamental sales totaled $35.5 million and consisted of freshwater and marine animals and plants, including freshwater fish, crayfish and marine fish, corals, live rock, snails and shrimp. These species are sold nationally for ornamental uses such as aquariums and water gardens. Sales of aquaculture products for human consumption totaled $24.1 million and included freshwater and marine fish, clams, oysters, shrimp, prawns, alligators and turtles. All other aquaculture totaled about $10 million.
The last statewide aquaculture survey was conducted in 2005 and showed $66 million in sales. However, aquaculture sales for food, including mollusks and food fish, increased by more than $2 million, while the biggest drop was in sales of ornamental aquaculture. There were 686 operations that reported being in business in 2012, of those, 404 reported sales during 2012. Many of the farms are small, family-owned and operated; 61 percent of the farms are less than 3 water acres in size. Total water acreage was 4,490.
The complete survey can be accessed here: http://www.FloridaAquaculture.com.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.