Dutch Harbor Leads Nation in Seafood Landings

For the 18th consecutive year, Alaska’s Dutch Harbor
continued to lead the nation in seafood landings, according to the latest
edition of NOAA Fisheries’ annual report on Fisheries of the United States
While the overall figures are similar to those from 2013,
both the volume and value continue to remain higher than the average for the
past five years, said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for
Landings at Dutch Harbor rose from 753 million pounds in
2013 to 761.8 million pounds million pounds in 2014, while landings at second place Kodiak rose
from 426 million pounds to 477 million pounds.
For value alone, New Bedford, Massachusetts had the highest valued
catch for the 15th consecutive year – $328.8 million for 140 million pounds,
due mostly to the high price fetched by sea scallops in the marketplace. Sea
scallops accounted for more than 76.6 percent of the value of New Bedford
Dutch Harbor was again the nation’s second highest port for
value, although its 2014 landings worth $191 million were down from $197
million a year earlier.
“Sustainable fisheries generate billions of dollars for our
economy, help keep saltwater recreational fishing as one of our nation’s
favorite past times, and help coastal communities remain economically
resilient,” Sobeck said. “Seafood is big business in our country, and NOAA will
continue to work as hard as we can to manage America’s fisheries, so our
fishermen can continue to provide this important food source for all of us.”
The report also showed a steady rise in marine aquaculture
production in recent years, about 5 percent annually from 2008 to 2013, with US
marine aquaculture production having an estimated value of $403 million. Figures
for 2014 were not yet available. And the report showed the average American
consumed 14.6 pounds of fish and shellfish in 2014, essentially unchanged from
a year earlier.

The complete 2014 Fisheries of the US report is online at http://st.nmfs.noaa.gov/commercial-fisheries/fus/fus14/index.