25 September 2012

• NOAA Releases Statistical Report Card for U.S. Fisheries in 2011

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.

Americans consumed nearly 5 billion pounds of seafood in 2011, slightly less than the previous year. Per capita consumption dropped from 15.8 to 15.0 pounds per person. Still, the United States surpassed Japan and is now second only to China in seafood consumption.

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.

Source: NOAA

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