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Alaska Continues to Lead Nation in Volume, Value of Commercial Landings


February 1, 2019

Courtesey of NOAA Fisheries.

NOAA Fisheries' latest Fisheries of the United States annual national report of US fisheries shows that nationwide commercial harvesters landed 9.9 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.4 billion in 2017. Alaska was first in the nation for volume and value of its commercial landings, and for the 21st consecutive year, Dutch Harbor again led the nation as the port with the highest volume of seafood landed, a total of 769 million pounds valued at $173 million. Alaska pollock made up 91.6 percent of the volume and 47.9 percent of the value. Snow crab and king crab accounted for an additional 33.5 percent of the value of Dutch Harbor landings and 1.8 percent of the volume.

Washington State also placed among the top five states for volume and value.

Harvesters in Alaska waters brought in 6 billion pounds of seafood, valued at $1.8 billion.

Louisiana was second by volume, at 890.6 million pounds, and fourth by value, at $354.3 million. Washington was third at 665.9 million pounds and fifth in value, at $313.7 million.

Virginia, with 344 million pounds of seafood delivered, was fourth in volume and Mississippi, at 311 million pounds, was fifth by volume.

Massachusetts, with deliveries valued at $605.3 million, was second for value, followed by Maine, at $511.3 million.

The report also noted that to meet consumer demand that the US continues to be a major importer of seafood, with between 85 percent and 95 percent of seafood consumed in the US imported, as measured by edible weight. While there has been an increase in imported seafood in recent years, the report also notes that a significant portion of that seafood was caught by American fishermen, exported overseas for processing and then reimported into the US.

The report notes further that the US aquaculture industry, both marine and freshwater, continues to boost production, with the top US marine aquaculture species being oysters, clams and Atlantic salmon.

Seven ports from Alaska, two from Oregon and one from Washington ranked among the top 20 ports in the nation for commercial seafood landings in the latest Fisheries of the United States 2017 report by NOAA Fisheries.

Dutch Harbor was first in the nation, with 769 million pounds of seafood delivered, down from 770 million pounds a year earlier; followed by the Aleutian Islands ports with 552 million, up from 508 million pounds. The other top Alaska area ports by volume were Kodiak, 530 million pounds, up from 417 million pounds the previous year; the Alaska Peninsula, at 268 million pounds, up from 243 million pounds; Naknek, 187 million pounds, up from 170 million pounds; Cordova, 99 million pounds, up from 35 million pounds; Sitka, 91 million pounds, up from 56 million pounds; Ketchikan, 77 million pounds, up from 65 million pounds; and Petersburg, 65 million pounds, up from 41 million pounds. Oregon ports included Astoria, 151 million pounds, up from 94 million pounds; and Newport, 112 million pounds, up from 77 million pounds; while Westport, Washington saw delivery of 150 million pounds, up from 108 million pounds.

Also for 2017, eight Alaska ports, and one from Washington ranked among the nation's top 20 ports for the value of commercial seafood deliveries.

New Bedford, Massachusetts, held fast as the top port for value of seafood deliveries, at $390 million, up from $327 million a year earlier.

Dutch Harbor deliveries brought in $173 million, down from $198 million the previous year.

Other Alaska ports in the top 20 nationally for value were Naknek, $544 million, up from $108 million; Kodiak, $152 million, up from $107 million; the Alaska Peninsula, $112 million, up from $85 million; Aleutian Islands, $106 million, up from $105 million; Sitka, $75 million, up from $55 million; Cordova, $65 million, up from $38 million; Bristol Bay, $64 million, down from $76 million; and Seward, $60 million, up from $42 million. Deliveries to Westport, Washington had a total value of $64 million, up from $59 million a year earlier.


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