Dutch Harbor held on to the title of top U.S. fishing port for the 23rd year running with 763 million pounds crossing the docks there in 2019.

The Aleutian Islands, home to North America’s largest processing plant at Akutan, ranked second and Kodiak placed third for total landings.

Those are a few takeaways from the latest easy to read Fisheries of the U.S. report by NOAA Fisheries for 2019.

For value, New Bedford, Massachusetts held on to the top spot for 20 years at $451 million, due to landings of pricey scallops.

Naknek ranked second for value of the catch at $289 million, followed by the Aleutians, Bristol Bay and Kodiak.

Eight Alaska ports – 40% – were in the top 20 for both seafood landings and values and accounted for 24% of the top 50.

In all, U.S. fisheries produced 9.3 billion pounds worth $5.5 billion, on par with the year before.

Sixty percent of the catch (5.6b) and 33% of the value ($1.8b) were generated by Alaska.

Salmon was the highest valued fish at over $707 million for nearly 840 million pounds. Alaska accounted for 99 percent of the total U.S. salmon catch.
The average salmon price to Alaska fishermen was 81 cents a pound across the board, down from 99-cents in 2018.

Alaska pollock was tops for fish processed into fillets and other forms (1.6 billion pounds valued at almost $2.2 billion). Second was sockeye salmon (211 million pounds worth over $1 billion).

For recreational fisheries, spotted trout was the top catch by U.S. anglers, followed by black sea bass and bluefish.

And Americans ate a bit more seafood – 19.2 pounds per person, up two-tenths from 2018.

The U.S. Fisheries Report also covers trade, mariculture and more and is loaded with colorful graphics.

 

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