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Dutch Harbor top port for 18th year

October 30, 2015

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Dutch Harbor is top US port for 18th year in a row

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Alaska claimed the top three fishing ports for landings again last year, and in fact, led all US states in terms of seafood landings and value.  That’s according to the annual Fisheries of the US report for 2014 released yesterday by NOAA Fisheries. Chief Scientist, Dr. Richard Merrick

The Alaska port of Dutch Harbor continued to lead the nation with the highest amount of seafood landings – 761.8 million pounds, 87 percent of which was walleye pollock. A long ways away from there in New England, New Bedford again for the 15th consecutive year has the highest valued catch – 140 million pounds valued at $328.8 million dollars, and most of that was due to the Atlantic sea scallop fishery.

It’s the 18th year in a row that Dutch has claimed the top spot for fish landings. Kodiak ranked second and the Aleutian Islands was number three, thanks to Trident’s plant at Akutan, the nation’s largest seafood processing facility. In all, 12 Alaska ports made the nation’s top 50 list for landings.

In other highlights:  Alaska accounted for nearly 95 percent of all salmon landings, with West Coast states making up the rest.  Total landings last year topped 720 million pounds, down 33 percent,  with a value of   $617 million, down 18 percent from 2013.

For halibut, the Pacific fishery accounted for all but 101,000 pounds of the 23.2 million pound landings. Average prices to fishermen was $4.94 a pound, compared to $3.89 the previous year.

Alaska  has 150 processing plants employing nearly 11,000 people.

The   average exvessel price paid to fishermen was 57 cents per pound compared to 55   in 2013.

Nearly half of the world’s seafood consumption comes from aquaculture;  the US ranks fourteenth in production.

Americans ate 14.6 pounds of fish and shellfish last year, pretty much unchanged from the past several years.

The NOAA report includes recreational marine fishing, trade data and much more.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.