NOAA Fisheries Posts Statistical Report Card for U.S. Fisheries in 2011

Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. The 2011 report provides landings totals for both domestic recreational and commercial fisheries by species and allows us to track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports.

Report Highlights

  • U.S. commercial fishermen landed over 10 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $5 billion.
  • The 2011 totals represent the highest overall commercial landings totals since 1994.
  • Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska and New Bedford, Massachusetts remain the top commercial fishing ports.
  • Approximately 10 million saltwater recreational anglers took 69 million trips and caught 345 million fish, nearly 60 percent of which were released.

To view the report click here http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/09/09_19_12fisheries_of_the_us.htmlNOAA Fisheries Posts Statistical Report Card for U.S. Fisheries in 2011