Managing fisheries sustainably is an adaptive process that relies on sound science, innovative management approaches, effective enforcement, meaningful partnerships, and robust public participation. Effective fishery management starts with accurate scientific information about fish and fisheries. In fact, U.S. law requires that fishery managers use the best science available to make fishery management decisions.
We maintain a national database of U.S. commercial fishery landings data dating back to 1950. Updated weekly, this dataset includes landings made by the domestic fishing fleet in the United States. Landings made by U.S. vessels in territories and foreign ports are not included. You can search annual landings data by region, state, and species.
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We maintain a foreign trade database dating back to 1975 that allows users to summarize U.S. foreign trade in fishery products. Users can summarize the kilos and dollar value by year, product, country, and type of trade. This data is purchased from the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau, which is responsible for compiling information submitted by importers and exporters to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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Fishery Market News is a joint federal/industry program that provides accurate and unbiased reports depicting current conditions affecting the trade in fish and fishery products. Market News takes the pulse of the market. Other services might try to diagnose the market, but Market News merely observes, records, and reports on current conditions. With offices located in Boston, Long Beach, New Orleans, New York, and Seattle, you can find the a wealth of information in Market News including nationwide reports and as well as reports from Japan.
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To support sound science and effective stewardship of our living marine resources, we work collaboratively through partnerships to provide every fisheries data stakeholder with easy access to comprehensive information on the nation's fisheries. We work to continuously improve the quality, timeliness, and integrity of fishery dependent data collection, storage, and dissemination programs.
We conduct an annual survey of all seafood processors that operate in the United States. This is the only comprehensive survey of the U.S. seafood processing industry and is the source of all regional and national statistics describing this portion of the industry. Reports generated from these statistics include Fisheries of the United States and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's yearbook—Fishery Statistics-Commodities. Data is also used for calculating annual U.S. seafood consumption for determining the value-added margins and consumer expenditures related to commercial fisheries and in the assessment of the impacts of changes in fishery management plans and the impacts of natural disasters. Industry trade organizations and members of the industrial and financial communities use the data to make business decisions affecting the fishing and seafood industries.
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Our scientific stock assessments are critical to modern fisheries management. Using data gathered from commercial and recreational fishermen and our own on-the-water scientific observations, a stock assessment describes the past and current status of a fish population or stock, answers questions about the size of the stock, and makes predictions about how a fishery will respond to current and future management measures.
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Cooperative research provides a means for commercial and recreational fishermen to become involved in the collection of fundamental fisheries information to support the development and evaluation of management options. In cooperative research, industry and other stakeholders can partner with NOAA Fisheries and university scientists, in all phases of the research program, including survey/statistical design, conducting of research, analysis of results, and communication of results.
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We use economic and social science research to evaluate the benefits and costs of different management actions, to prioritize management needs, and to create policy design that maximizes societal benefits from ocean and coastal resources in a sustainable way. Commercial fisheries economic analysis includes:
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Our scientists at NOAA Fisheries Alaska, are involved in an array of ongoing field studies and surveys, to help us better understand and document the current state of habitat and wildlife within the Alaskan region.
This email notice is a courtesy to Atlantic HMS fisheries interests to keep you informed about the fisheries. Official notice of federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. For further information related to Atlantic HMS Management, please call (301) 427-8503.
At this year’s Seafood Expo, NOAA Fisheries has a full agenda of open meetings and conference sessions on key topics of interest to the seafood community—including introduction of the new Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, Chris Oliver, who will discuss the Administration's priorities related to seafood. And for the second year, we have our fellow Federal agencies co-exhibiting with us to provide a one-stop-shop for all your questions and clarifications. Hope you can attend a session and drop by Booth #181. See you in Boston!
Please join Dr. Jon Bell, Director of NOAA’s National Seafood Inspection Lab, and his staff for a demonstration of a new seafood-fraud detection methodology. This is a rapid, cost-effective screening method to identify commonly substituted fresh and frozen finfish species sold in the U.S. seafood market place. The presentation will focus on advantages, limitations, and next steps in the development and use of this screening method. The goal of the session is to collect industry feedback on its application and usability that will help guide the agency in making this product broadly available. Demonstrations will be at the booth (#181) both Sunday and Monday.
NOAA Fisheries and its partners throughout the aquaculture community have made significant progress in fostering sustainable aquaculture, and these efforts have helped spark recent growth in U.S. marine aquaculture production and are helping shape public perception. With the administration’s interest in reducing dependency on imported seafood for consumption and ensuring a safe, secure and sustainable seafood supply, U.S. aquaculture is building momentum. Please join NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Aquaculture and external partners for updates on developments in science, policy, collaborations and public education that support domestic expansion of U.S. marine aquaculture.
For the last 40 years, the United States has invested heavily in its wild-capture fisheries, establishing a solid reputation as a global leader in sustainable fisheries management and marine stewardship. Fostering a safe, secure and sustainable seafood industry reaches beyond a single program and requires a diverse portfolio of expertise, activities and collaboration. Join the new Assistant Administrator of NOAA Fisheries, Chris Oliver, and his leadership team for an overview of the Administration’s priorities related to seafood and the goal of expanding U.S. seafood production. From leveling the playing field and building seafood trade support services, addressing fraud and combating IUU fishing, to developing a robust aquaculture industry and jobs—Chris Oliver will discuss updates followed by an open discussion and Q&A.
Seafood trade is a multi-billion dollar business that continues to grow as demand for healthy and sustainable protein increases worldwide. Access to international markets by U.S. exporters is critical to our domestic seafood industry, and NOAA’s trade team and Seafood Inspection Program works to ensure global confidence in U.S. exports. Join NOAA Fisheries' seafood inspection and trade staff for an overview and discussion of emerging issues in seafood exports, and what the federal government and industry can do to protect and expand access to international markets.
Following ratification of the Port States Measures Act in June 2016, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement began work on conducting enforcement-capacity building workshops and training to increase the effectiveness of fisheries enforcement by partner nations around the world. Join representatives from NOAA’s enforcement staff along with other partners to discuss how these increased enforcement capabilities help U.S. fisheries and seafood industries, why it matters to the U.S. consumer, and what is anticipated for these efforts moving forward.
NOAA Fisheries is seeking on-the-record public input on its proposed rule to establish a voluntary Commerce Trusted Trader Program (CTTP) for U.S. seafood importers –a valuable complement to the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). SIMP provides the federal government the information needed to prevent illegally caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering the U.S. market. The CTTP as proposed, is designed to maintain the effectiveness of SIMP while also streamlining the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for U.S. importers who commit to establishing internal traceability and auditing measures.
The 2018 Priorities and Guidance document provides guidance to all NOAA Fisheries employees in executing our mission responsibilities in the next year.
This document provides guidance to all NOAA Fisheries employees in executing our mission responsibilities in the next year and guides the development and execution of the agency’s Annual Operating Plan.