U.S. commercial fishermen landed over 10 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $5 billion. The 2011 totals represent the highest overall commercial landings totals since 1994. Much of this volume increase can be accounted for by increases in three species: Gulf of Mexico menhaden, Alaska pollock, and Pacific hake.
Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska and New Bedford, Massachusetts remain the top commercial fishing ports.
Recreational catch and effort declined slightly in 2011. Approximately 10 million saltwater recreational anglers took 69 million trips and caught 345 million fish, nearly 60 percent of which were released.