United Fishermen of Alaska is the nation’s largest commercial fishing trade organization with 35 member groups ranging from the smallest skiffs to the largest at-sea processors.

Each year UFA updates its Fishing Facts that cover data for coastal communities and municipalities in Alaska, plus the west coast. The latest numbers show that just under 9,000 permit holders fished in 2017, of which 70 percent were Alaska residents.

Nearly 22,000 crew licenses were purchased, split almost evenly between in and out of state residents. The total 2017 harvest was 6.4 Billion pounds valued at $1.8 Billion in gross dockside earnings for fishermen.

The seafood industry provided over 64,000 direct jobs in Alaska making it the largest private-sector employer in the state, and contributed over $245 million in taxes and fees to the State and over 50 local municipalities.

Permit holders live in 214 Alaska communities and every U.S. state except for West Virginia.

Fishing vessels registered to California owners totaled 1,423 which harvested 160 million pounds of seafood valued at $36.6 million.

There were 2,723 vessels registered to Oregon owners who landed 576 million pounds valued at $136 million at the Alaska docks.

It’s the state of Washington that takes home the bulk of the benefits from Alaska’s fisheries.

Just over 1,700 (1,713) fishing vessels were registered to Washington owners. Permit holders plus crew from Washington who fished in Alaska in 2017 totaled 6,707.  And those fishermen took home most of Alaska’s catch.

Of the 6.4 Billion pounds landed in Alaska, just shy of 4 billion pounds were taken by Washington residents.

And of the total seafood value of $1.8 Billion at the Alaska docks, $873 million – just about half – went to Washington.

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