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Seafood industry still AK’s top job producer

June 3, 2016                    Fisheries economics of US, 2014

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In Alaska, the seafood industry still puts more people to work than oil and gas, mining, timber and tourism combined. And the industry produces more seafood each year than all the other U.S. states combined. A workforce of nearly 61,000 people are on the job in Alaska, handling a fish and shellfish catch of close to 6 billion pounds – 60 percent of the nation’s total landings.

Across the entire economy of Alaska, approximately 267,000 full- and part-time employees were employed by about 21,000 establishments with annual payroll of  $15 billion.

Those are some take aways from NOAA’s Fisheries Economics of the United States report which covers the years 2005 through 2014 for commercial and recreational fishing.  It shows the ways that both sectors boost regional economies, and breaks down participation rates, price trends, landings, fish favorites and much more.

Overall, commercial fishermen in the U.S. harvested 9.4 billion pounds of seafood in 2014, valued at $5.5 billion. Alaska earned the greatest share of that  at nearly $2 billion. More than half of the value of Alaska’s fish landings came from pollock and salmon.

Of the Top 10 U.S. species taken by fishermen, sea scallops, Pacific halibut and American lobster received the highest average dock prices at $12.55 per pound, $4.98 and $3.83, respectively.  Pollock at $0.13 and menhaden at $0.09 had the lowest exvessel values.

Alaska fishermen earned more than $$2 billion from their  harvest in 2014, dominated by   by salmon ($546 million), pollock ($400 million) and crab ($238 million). Together those three catches   accounted for 69 percent of total revenue.

For sports anglers, nearly 11 million Americans went fishing and generated more than $60 billion to the U.S. economy. Favorite fish to catch were Atlantic croaker or drum, trouts and flounders. In Alaska, halibut,   rockfish and coho salmon were the top sport fish catches.

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