Fish Radio

July 4, 2014                

Fish fireworks! Credit: onewdesign.com

Fish fireworks!
Credit: onewdesign.com

 

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch…. Happy Birthday, America. A salute to our nation’s oldest and most independent industry. More after this…

 Northrim is an Alaskan bank that knows fishing is serious business. That’s why Northrim has commercial fisheries loan experts   as part of their team. Northrim has superior service and money to loan to take your fishing business to the next level. Northrim Bank, Member FDIC, Equal Opportunity Lender. Visit www.northrim.com 

  Want photos and broadcast footage of real fishermen catching real fish? The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s new lifestyle series is available on CD and DVD at www.alaskaseafood.org .

 

America celebrates its birthday on the 4th of July, known as Independence Day. It commemorates the United States declaring independence from Great Britain on that date in 1776. It’s fitting to salute our nation’s oldest and most independent industries – commercial fishing.

 Think of this: Fishermen are our world’s only remaining hunter/gatherers of a wild capture resource. America’ seafood industry directly employs more than 250,000 workers who catch and process nearly 10 billion pounds of fish and shellfish each year, valued at $35 billion to the nation’s gross domestic production.

 More than half of all U.S. seafood landings comes from Alaska- an impressive figure for a state whose population amounts to just two tenths of one percent of the nation’s total. Dutch Harbor is the nation’s number one fishing port and Kodiak ranks at number three.

 Roughly 7,500 fishermen are out on the water each month in Alaska, according to the Labor Dept, and the number tops 20,000 a month during the summer. Seafood harvesting and processing account for nearly 7 percent of Alaska’s private sector jobs.

 As far as seafood favorites: Americans are eating more seafood but their tastes have remained pretty much the same: shrimp tops the most popular list followed by canned tuna and salmon. Hats off to the USA and America’s fishing industry!

 
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – serving Alaska’s fishing communities since 1910.   On the web at www.oceanbeauty.com .. In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

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