Alaska retains the title of the top seafood super power for U.S. landings and values.
The news came yesterday in the eagerly awaited annual Fisheries of the U.S. report for 2016.
Ned Cyr is director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology –
“Dutch Harbor keeps its long time title, 20 years strong now, as our nation’s top fishing port when looking at the actual amount of seafood landed. Walleye pollock continues as the big catch there with near record landings of 3.4 billion pounds – and New Bedford, MA is hanging strong too claiming for the 17th consecutive year the highest valued catch mostly due to the highly valued sea scallop fishery.”
The Aleutian Islands ranked second for landings thanks to Trident’s plant at Akutan, the largest seafood processing facility in the U.S.
Kodiak dropped a spot to fourth place, followed by the Alaska Peninsula at 7th and Naknek at 9th for seafood landings.
In all, 13 Alaska ports made the top 50 ports for landings and values, including Ketchikan, Sitka, Bristol Bay, Petersburg, Seward, Cordova, Kenai, and Juneau.
Nationwide, seafood landings dropped a bit, due in part to Alaska’s multi-million pound shortfall of pink salmon, but the overall value increased.
Ned Cyr –
With fishermen landing 9.6 billion pounds of seafood last year – that translates to $5.3 billion dollars into the pockets of our fishermen with a moderate 1.5 percent decrease in landings but a 2.1 percent value increase.
Alaska pollock accounted for 30 percent of U.S. fish poundage and 21 of the value
Nearly 97 percent of all salmon landings came from Alaska. The average fisherman’s price last year across all salmon species was 70 cents a pound—up by 30 cents from the year before.
The Pacific halibut fishery accounted for all but 285,000 pounds of the roughly 17 million pound catch limit. Fishermen averaged $5.05 for halibut last year.
The U.S. continues to import most of its seafood – up slightly to 5.8 billion pounds.
Americans are eating less of it – U.S. seafood consumption fell to 14.9 pounds per person, down from 15.5 pounds in 2015.
The Fisheries report is user friendly and loaded with colorful charts. It also includes U.S. aquaculture and sportfishing – the number one angler catch is striped bass.