National Fisherman

The results of NOAA’s Fisheries of the United States report released Wednesday show what Gloucester fishermen have been saying repeatedly for the past two years: They now have to work much harder to make less money than ever before.
The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which serves as an annual appraisal of American fisheries, shows a national decline in the volume and value of seafood landed by U.S. commercial fishermen in 2012 when compared to the previous year.
The findings show U.S. landings — the quantity of seafood brought ashore and sold — at 9.6 billion pounds in 2012, down 2.3 percent from 2011. The report said those landings generated $5.1 billion in revenues, representing a 3.2 percent decline from 2011.
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