U.S. Fishery Industry - Statistics & Facts

Alongside recent concerns relating to a variety of issues facing the global fishing industry, including supply and sustainability issues, overfishing, pollution, and climate change are other primary threats facing the 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 fish and fishery exporters worldwide in 2016. Based on capture production in 2015, which resulted in landings revenue of about 5.18 billion U.S. dollars for the seafood industry. Approximately 9.6 billion pounds of fish were caught in the United States in 2016. 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 6.04 billion pounds of fish were caught in this region alone in 2015. The leading U.S. state in terms of seafood landings in 2016 was by far Alaska with 5.6 billion pounds, distantly followed by Louisiana, Washington, and Virginia.

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