On September 19, NOAA released the Statistical Report Card for United States Fisheries in 2011. The report contains data regarding both recreational and commercial fisheries.
According to NOAA, the following are the report highlights:
- U.S. commercial fishermen landed over 10 billion pounds of seafood
- The 2011 total landings for commercial fisheries were the highest since 1994
- The top fishing ports are Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska (706 million pounds) and Newbedford, Massachusetts (117 million pounds)
- There are nearly 10 million saltwater recreational fishermen
- In 69 million trips, they caught 345 million fish
- They released almost 60 percent of the fish they caught
- Americans consumed 4.7 billion pounds of seafood
- The U.S. is second only to China in terms of consumption
- The average American ate 15 pounds of fish and shellfish
- 91 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. was imported (half of which comes from aquaculture)
Top Species Landed in 2011 (by volume)
For more seafood facts, check out NOAA’s FishWatch.
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