Hawaii aquaculture sales reached a record high in 2014, according to an annual report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sales totaled $78.2 million last year, which is several million dollars more than the previous year and more than double the sales from a decade ago.

Algae contributed $33.1 million and 42 percent of the sales, according to the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service.

It’s unclear how much shellfish, finfish, ornamental fish and other aquaculture crops were produced last year because the data was all lumped into the “other” category instead of being segregated by type.

Hawaii's aquaculture sales have soared since 1988.

Hawaii’s aquaculture sales have soared since 1988.

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