Fisheries Economics of the United States
Each year we produce three reports on the status of U.S. marine fisheries: Status of the Stocks, Fisheries of the United States, and Fisheries Economics of the United States.
Published each fall, Fisheries Economics of the United States takes a detailed look at the economic performance of commercial and recreational fisheries and other marine-related sectors on a state, regional, and national basis. It also describes how U.S. commercial and recreational fishing affects the economy, in terms of employment, sales, and value-added impacts. For each region, management highlights give a summary of stock status, updates on catch share programs, and other selected management issues. Economic performance indicators for catch share programs are also reported; these will be extended to include non-catch-share fisheries in the next edition.
Each report covers 10 years, and includes statistics on:
- Commercial fisheries (commercial fisheries landings, revenue, price trends).
- Recreational fisheries (recreational fishing effort, participation rates, expenditure information).
- Fishing-related industries (employer and non-employer establishment, payroll, annual receipt information for fishing-related industries).
- Economic impact (employment, sales, value-added impacts).
The following are visual snapshots from the 2017 Fisheries Economics of the United States Report
Commercial and Recreational Fisheries (Combined) Totals
Total Sales Generated by U.S. Commercial and Recreational Fishing Industries, 2016:
U.S. Total – $212 Billion Sales
Total Jobs Supported by Commercial and Recreational Fishing Industries:
U.S. Total – 1.7 Million Jobs
Download the most recent version of Fisheries Economics of the United States, along with a fact sheet and infographics: