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Fisheries Economics of the United States, 2020 Report

February 17, 2023

Fisheries Economics of the United States (FEUS) is an annual report that provides economic statistics on the nation’s commercial fishing and seafood industry, recreational fisheries, and marine-related businesses.

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.

For 2020, U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated $253 billion in sales impacts, contributed $117 billion to gross domestic product, and supported 1.7 million jobs in the U.S. marine fishing sector and across the broader economy. This information highlights the importance of our commercial and recreational fisheries to our national economy.

Infographic of Economic Impacts from FEUS 2020
Economic impact trends of 2020 from Fisheries Economics of the United States 2020. 1.7 million jobs, $253 billion in sales, $117 billion in value added impacts. 1.1 million commercial jobs, 595 thousand recreational jobs. $154.7 billion commercial sales, $98 billion recreational sales. $62.5 billion commercial value added impacts, $55 billion recreational value added impacts.

Last updated by Office of Science and Technology on 03/22/2024