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Dutch tops again for 2013
October 30, 2014              US fish landings, 2013

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Alaska claimed the top three fishing ports for seafood catches last year, and wild salmon landings, nearly all from Alaska – topped one billion pounds – a new record and up nearly 70 percent from 2012.

 That’s according to the annual Fisheries of the US report for 2013, just released by NOAA Fisheries.

 Dutch Harbor topped the list for the 17th year running with 753 million pounds of fish crossing the docks last year, valued at nearly $200 million. The Aleutian Islands region ranked second for landings; Kodiak ranked third for both seafood landings and value.

 New Bedford, Massachusetts had the highest valued catch, for the 14th year in a row –130 million pounds, worth $380 million. That’s due mostly to pricey sea scallops which accounted for more than 80 percent of New Bedford’s landings.

 While US fishermen landed about the same amount of fish and shellfishlast year – 10 Billion pounds – the value increased significantly to $5.5 billion, a nearly $400 million increase from 2012.

 Maybe that’s why Americans didn’t eat more seafood. The NOAA report shows that US per capita consumption stalled at 14.5 pounds of fish and shellfish for the second year in a row.

 In all, 13 Alaska ports made the top 50 list – a new addition was Valdez. Most ports showed big increases in fish landings, meaning a nice return in local tax dollars.

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