U.S. Fishery Industry - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Fishery Industry - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about the U.S. fishery industry

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 2012, based on capture production. About 9.9 billion pounds of fish were caught in the United States in 2013, resulting in landings revenue of about 5.5 billion U.S. dollars for the seafood industry. The major domestic species include pollock, menhaden, salmon, flatfish and cod.

The focus of the U.S. seafood industry is mainly concentrated on the Pacific Coast: 7.06 billion pounds of fish were caught in this region alone in 2013. The leading U.S. state in terms of seafood landings was by far Alaska with 5.79 billion pounds, distantly followed by Louisiana, Washington and Virginia.

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