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Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. We provide data on both recreational and commercial fisheries, the trade of fishery products in and out of the United States, the production of fishery processors nationwide , and track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption.


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Commercial Fishing

The value of U.S. commercial fisheries landings, including aquaculture production, remains strong and has a broad positive impact on the U.S. economy. Our Fisheries of the United States reports reflect the importance of healthy and sustainable fisheries that support societal, economic, and ecological resilience. Our nation’s fisheries and the aquaculture industry are central to NOAA’s resilience priority, crucial as they are to both global food security and ocean sustainability.

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8.4B pounds
Commercial Landings
$ 4.8B
Value to Fishers at the Dock

Commercial Landings by Pounds

Commercial Landings by Pounds

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Value at the Dock (inflation adjusted)

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Where Do Fishers Land Their Catch?

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Percentage of Total by Region

Alaska
60.35% volume
30.98% value
Gulf
14.41% volume
15.32% value
Hawaii
.33% volume
1.75% value
Middle Atlantic
6.67% volume
10.72% value
New England
5.78% volume
25.22% value
Pacific Coast
11.24% volume
12.17% value
South Atlantic
1.22% volume
3.83% value

TOP PORTS BY VOLUME

Top Ports by Volume

Dutch Harbor, AK led the nation as the port with the highest volume of seafood landed (800.2 Million pounds valued at $186.7 Million).
Port NamePoundsDollars
Dutch Harbor, AK800.2186.7
Aleutian Islands (Other), AK517.5112.3
Kodiak, AK363.787.7
Reedville, VA301.563.9
Empire-Venice, LA210.367.6
Astoria, OR182.142.9
Pago Pago, AS169.7107.9
Naknek, AK154.4242.3
Intracoastal City, LA137.215.7
Newport, OR117.259.8

TOP PORTS BY VALUE

Top Ports by Value

New Bedford, MA led the nation as the port with the highest value of seafood landed (115.4 Million pounds valued at $376.6 Million).
Port NamePoundsDollars
New Bedford, MA115.4376.6
Naknek, AK154.4242.3
Dutch Harbor, AK800.2186.7
Aleutian Islands (Other), AK517.5112.3
Pago Pago, AS169.7107.9
Cape May-Wildwood, NJ103.792.8
Kodiak, AK363.787.7
Honolulu, HI2576.3
Empire-Venice, LA210.367.6
Reedville, VA301.563.9

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What do we do with the seafood we land?

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General Disposition

FINFISH/SHELLFISH Disposition

Finfish/Shellfish Disposition

EDIBLE/NON-EDIBLE DOLLARS

Edible/Non-Edible Dollars

TOP SPECIES GROUPS

Top Species Groups

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Recreational Fishing

Saltwater recreational fishing is an American pastime, conservation contributor, and important economic driver nationwide. Millions of Americans access the great outdoors through recreational fishing each year, strengthening families, friendships, and communities.

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REC_TOTALS

198.7 Million
Trips Taken
343.6 Million
Fish Caught

TOTAL RECREATIONAL TRIPS

Total Recreational Trips

TOTAL RECREATIONAL COUNTS

Total Recreational Counts

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Percentage of Total by Region

Gulf
28.5% fish
28.6% trips
Hawaii
2.4% fish
2% trips
Middle Atlantic
20.6% fish
24.7% trips
New England
7.1% fish
8.1% trips
Pacific Coast
1.5% fish
.9% trips
South Atlantic
39.6% fish
35.5% trips

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Foreign Trade of Fishery Products

We live in a global marketplace with a robust and interconnected supply chain. To meet consumer demand, the United States continues to be a major importer of seafood.

TOTAL EDIBLE FOREIGN TRADE

Total Edible Foreign Trade

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Imports of Fishery Products

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6.2B pounds
Edible Products Imported
$21.6B
Value of Edible Products

IMPORTS BY CONTINENT (DOLLARS)

Imports by Continent (Dollars)

MAJOR IMPORT GROUPS (DOLLARS)

Major Import Groups (Dollars)

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Exports of Fishery Products

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2.4B pounds
Edible Products Exported
$4.4B
Value of Exported Products

EXPORTS BY CONTINENT (DOLLARS)

Exports By Continent (Dollars)

MAJOR EXPORT GROUPS (DOLLARS)

Major Export Groups (Dollars)

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Per Capita Consumption

Seafood is part of a healthy diet and the U.S. annually ranks as one of the top seafood-consuming nations globally.

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19 pounds
Per Capita Consumption

PER CAPITA BY GROUP

Per Capita By Group

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Processed Products Survey

The NOAA Fisheries Annual Survey of US Seafood Processors is the only comprehensive, national survey that focuses on the domestic seafood processing industry. The information we obtain from it helps to highlight the importance of the seafood processing industry to our domestic food supply and the coastal communities in which they operate.

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2.6B pounds
Processed Products Produced
$5B
Value of Processed Products

MAJOR PRODUCT GROUPS (POUNDS)

Major Product Groups (Pounds)

MAJOR PRODUCT GROUPS (DOLLARS)

Major Product Groups (Dollars)

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