The just-released "Fisheries Economics of the U.S." by NOAA Fisheries covers the commercial and recreational fishing industries from 2002-2011 and is loaded with seafood industry stats by region.
The report tracks the economic effects, price trends, payroll and annual receipt information for fishing-related businesses, from the dock to dinner plates. The effects are reported in terms of employment, sales and value added.
Some highlights: Commercial fishermen harvested 9.9 billion pounds of fish/shellfish in 2011, earning $5.3 billion for their catch. Pacific salmon ($618 million), followed by sea scallops ($585 million), shrimp ($536 million) and American lobster ($423 million) contributed the most to total revenue.
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Callifornia crabbing: Here's a fun video shot on the decks of the Majestik while catching Dungeness crab off the coast of northern California.
The United Fishermen of Alaska, a statewide commercial fishing industry trade association representing 36 member organizations, announces the election of Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as president.
NMFS has announced two senior leadership changes that the agency says align with changes it is making to its West Coast operations.