Fisheries of the United States 2012, the annual report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), found that the value and pounds of fish and shellfish caught last year remained higher than the average for the past decade.
Data for the annual report is collected from a number of sources, including logbooks, surveys and catch cards. It provides scientists and resource managers with the most up to date information on the health and productivity of local fish stocks that helps them make more informed decisions.
- U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.6 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, valued at $5.1 billion.
- Nearly 9.4 million recreational saltwater anglers went on more than 70 million marine fishing trips, catching more than 380 million fish and releasing 63 percent alive.
- The top catches for recreational anglers include spotted seatrout, Atlantic croaker, black sea bass, summer flounder and red drum.
- Marine finfish farming is led by Washington and Maine. The most commonly farmed fish is Atlantic salmon.
- Shellfish farming is led by Washington, Virginia and Louisiana. Oysters are the most commonly farmed shellfish.
- For the 16th consecutive year, the Alaska port of Dutch Harbor had the highest amount of fish landed.
- For the 13th consecutive year, New Bedford, MA had the highest valued catch. Sea scallops accounted for more than 80 percent of the value of landings there.
- Americans consumed 4.5 billion pounds of seafood. The average American ate 14.4 pounds of fish and shellfish, representing a four percent drop from 2011.
To learn more:
- Check out the Fact Sheet for more report highlights.
- Read the detailed report.
- Read the NOAA news release.
- Compare the annual report to data from 2011.
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