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I am curious to know if anyone is selling their Tilapia commercially in NY and what they are getting per pound. I am far away from doing this and would only be attempting to sell to a few restaurants but was interested in what the profit margins might be. Thanks

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All my research points to a negative profit food for a pound of tilapia is about a dollar  and you can buy tilapia wholesale at restaurant depot for 160  therefore  its a wash.. There poop is valuable for plant production and you can enjoy the chemical free fishes on your own table.

 

You can talk to Barney over at Cabbage Hill Farms, he told me he couldn't get more than 2 dollars a pound in NYC selling to wholesalers. So he sells to a local restaurant up in Mt. Kisco. They are non-profit so he might not have a bottom line perspective but they do share their info freely. In the end for Tilapia it is really about finding a home for them in someone's tummy without losing money - your plants are where you should be trying to find any profit.

I am going to be setting up a small starter commercial operation in Vernon, NJ so we should definitely talk some time.

I am a long way from New York but here in Honolulu we can sell them in China town for $5.00 a pound.  We have to truck them there.  They sell in China town for up to $7.00 a pound.  I sell mine from my house to people for $5.00 a lb and I never have to spend gas money and they get a deal.  I also barter them for jobs I need done.

I hear tthat live sales are possible to the asian markets in larger cities.  Some asian buyers prefer to see the fish alive to ensure health and taste.

Thanks for all the replies, helps a lot

John Jay said:

I hear tthat live sales are possible to the asian markets in larger cities.  Some asian buyers prefer to see the fish alive to ensure health and taste.

Thanks Johnathan, I used to live in Vernon and now in Port Jervis, NY. Let me know when you open up so I can some ans see your operation. Actually I have a large Koi pond 8,000G  so I am going to a raft system this year with them  along with a 300 gallon tilapia setup.

Jonathan Kadish said:

You can talk to Barney over at Cabbage Hill Farms, he told me he couldn't get more than 2 dollars a pound in NYC selling to wholesalers. So he sells to a local restaurant up in Mt. Kisco. They are non-profit so he might not have a bottom line perspective but they do share their info freely. In the end for Tilapia it is really about finding a home for them in someone's tummy without losing money - your plants are where you should be trying to find any profit.

I am going to be setting up a small starter commercial operation in Vernon, NJ so we should definitely talk some time.

Some good points Rachel. Thanks

Raychel A Watkins said:

I am a long way from New York but here in Honolulu we can sell them in China town for $5.00 a pound.  We have to truck them there.  They sell in China town for up to $7.00 a pound.  I sell mine from my house to people for $5.00 a lb and I never have to spend gas money and they get a deal.  I also barter them for jobs I need done.

Hi Jonathan,  due to a problem with filtration system I lost around 10 of my white brook fingerlings. Do you have any fingerlings you are willing to sell? The S/H is so ridiculous and I was only looking for like 20-25. Thanks



Jonathan Kadish said:

You can talk to Barney over at Cabbage Hill Farms, he told me he couldn't get more than 2 dollars a pound in NYC selling to wholesalers. So he sells to a local restaurant up in Mt. Kisco. They are non-profit so he might not have a bottom line perspective but they do share their info freely. In the end for Tilapia it is really about finding a home for them in someone's tummy without losing money - your plants are where you should be trying to find any profit.

I am going to be setting up a small starter commercial operation in Vernon, NJ so we should definitely talk some time.

Sorry no fingerlings... i have long road to haul before I have fish in the Vernon system. I am planning on brown/rainbow trout when I set up as it will be more marketable than Tilapia.

Joe Romanyschyn said:

Hi Jonathan,  due to a problem with filtration system I lost around 10 of my white brook fingerlings. Do you have any fingerlings you are willing to sell? The S/H is so ridiculous and I was only looking for like 20-25. Thanks



Jonathan Kadish said:

You can talk to Barney over at Cabbage Hill Farms, he told me he couldn't get more than 2 dollars a pound in NYC selling to wholesalers. So he sells to a local restaurant up in Mt. Kisco. They are non-profit so he might not have a bottom line perspective but they do share their info freely. In the end for Tilapia it is really about finding a home for them in someone's tummy without losing money - your plants are where you should be trying to find any profit.

I am going to be setting up a small starter commercial operation in Vernon, NJ so we should definitely talk some time.

Thanks for the quick reply. I looked at trout also but if I am not mistaken it takes about 2 years to grow them out but I guess it is worth it if you can get a good price for them. Thanks

Jonathan Kadish said:

Sorry no fingerlings... i have long road to haul before I have fish in the Vernon system. I am planning on brown/rainbow trout when I set up as it will be more marketable than Tilapia.

Joe Romanyschyn said:

Hi Jonathan,  due to a problem with filtration system I lost around 10 of my white brook fingerlings. Do you have any fingerlings you are willing to sell? The S/H is so ridiculous and I was only looking for like 20-25. Thanks



Jonathan Kadish said:

You can talk to Barney over at Cabbage Hill Farms, he told me he couldn't get more than 2 dollars a pound in NYC selling to wholesalers. So he sells to a local restaurant up in Mt. Kisco. They are non-profit so he might not have a bottom line perspective but they do share their info freely. In the end for Tilapia it is really about finding a home for them in someone's tummy without losing money - your plants are where you should be trying to find any profit.

I am going to be setting up a small starter commercial operation in Vernon, NJ so we should definitely talk some time.

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