New Record for Hawaii Aquaculture Sales
Aquaculture sales in Hawaii reached a record-high $79.6 million in 2021, surpassing 2020 figures by nearly 20%.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its annual report released Sept. 8 said $39.3 million — or 49% — of aquaculture sales statewide in 2021 came from producers falling in the “other” category, which comprises various aquaculture products including finfish and shellfish. Algae producers contributed an additional $36.7 million, accounting for 46% of total sales, while entities working in ornamentals added $3.62 million.
“Some producers reported continued issues due to the pandemic, but overall industry seems to have recovered,” the report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service reads. In 2020, the value of farm-raised marine animals sold by producers statewide slipped 15% to $66.4 million from the previous record of $78.5 million in 2019.
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