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U.S. fishery industry - statistics & facts

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. In 2018, the production value of U.S. aquaculture industry came to more than 1.52 billion U.S. dollars. In that year, there was a total of some 2.2 million tons of finfish produced in the Americas in both inland aquaculture and marine and coastal aquaculture.

The U.S. fish market

While those in the U.S. do not consume overwhelming amounts of seafood, the presence of such a large coast presents capture opportunity. Capture production in 2019 resulted in landings revenue of about 5.46 billion U.S. dollars for the seafood industry. In that same year, approximately 9.3 billion pounds of fish were caught in the United States. The major domestic species include pollock, menhaden, salmon, flatfish, and cod. The United States was ranked among the leading fish and fishery exporters worldwide in 2019.

Fish producing regions

The focus of the U.S. seafood industry is mainly concentrated on the Pacific Coast, as 6.61 billion pounds of fish were caught in this region alone in 2019. The leading U.S. state in terms of seafood landings was by far Alaska with 5.6 billion pounds, distantly followed by Louisiana, Washington, and Virginia. Several cultural dishes in both Alaskan and Cajun cuisine are based on fish and seafood, such as gumbo and seafood boils.

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