Statistics and facts about U.S. fishery
Alongside recent concerns relating to supply and sustainability issues, overfishing, pollution and climate change are other primary threats facing the global fishing industry. Industry experts assume that the fishery business will benefit from measures taken to prevent overfishing and from the choices individual consumers are making regarding their purchase of sustainably sourced seafood.
The United States was ranked among the leading fishing nations worldwide
in 2011, based on capture production. About 9.9 billion pounds of fish were caught
in the United States in 2011, resulting in landings revenue
of about USD 5.3 billion for the seafood industry. The major domestic species
include pollock, menhaden, cod, flatfish and salmon.
The focus of the US seafood industry is mainly concentrated in the Northern Pacific
: 5.3 billion pounds of fish were caught in this region alone in 2011. The leading US state in terms of seafood landings
was by far Alaska with 5.3 billion pounds, distantly followed by Louisiana, Virginia, and California.
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