Louisiana's total seafood catch in 2013 dropped from the year before but higher prices netted considerable more money for commercial fishers, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Louisiana commercial fishers caught 1.1 billion pounds of seafood in 2013 compared to 1.2 billion pounds in 2012. But the value of Louisiana seafood jumped from $328 million in 2012 to $402.2 million last year, according to the federal numbers.

The drop in local production took place as national seafood figures rose. Nationwide, fishers landed 9.9 billion pounds of seafood in 2013, valued at $5.5 billion. Both figures were higher than the 9.6 billion pounds of seafood harvested in 2012 and its $5.1 billion value.

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