National 6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - May 20, 2021 On Thursday NOAA Fisheries released their 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report, which provides fisheries statistics for the nation, including commercial landings and value. According to the latest figures, in 2019 U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.3 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.5 billion. This was on par with 2018, representing a less than 1% decline in volume and 2% decline in value. Find five more highlights from the report below: Highest Value Species Groups Of all species caught by U.S. fishermen, salmon was the highest value at $707 million. Lobster was behind at $668 million, followed by crabs at $636 million, scallops at $572 million and shrimp at $467 million. Top Port by Volume Alaska reigns supreme when looking at top ports by value. Dutch Harbor holds the title for the 23rd consecutive year, bringing in 763 million pounds worth $190 million in 2019. The Aleutian Islands claimed second place with 589 million pounds worth $142 million, followed by Kodiak with 397 million pounds worth $120 million. Top Port by Value For the 20th consecutive year New Bedford, Massachusetts, holds the title of top port by value, raking in $451 million in 2019. Regarding volume, New Bedford ranks in 11th place with 116 million pounds. Processed Seafood Alaska pollock was the top species processed in 2019 at $2.19 billion and 1.6 billion pounds. Sockeye salmon was the second most processed species at $1.03 billion and 211 million pounds. Shrimp ranked third ($966 million, 301 million pounds), followed by tuna ($868 million,424 million pounds) and sea scallops ($746 million, 140 million pounds). These figures represent processed from both domestic catch and imported products. Trade Edible seafood imported into the country reached 6 billion pounds, worth $22.2 billion. Shrimp was the highest imported seafood by volume ($6 million and 1.5 billion pounds). As for exports, the U.S. exported 2.8 billion pounds of seafood worth an estimated $5.2 billion. Whole finfish was the highest exported product in terms of both value and volume ($1.8 billion, 1.3 billion pounds). You can check out the report in its entirety here. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1199403/6-Highlights-From-the-2019-Fisheries-of-the-United-States-Report Salmon overtakes lobster as highest value catch National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - May 20, 2021 The Copper Crown: The first king salmon landed in Alaska’s Copper River opener gets a first-class ticket to Seattle on Alaska Air’s Salmon Forty Salmon to celebrate the official start of Alaska’s salmon fishing season. Seattle is a major hub for Alaska seafood as it gets channeled through the Lower 48 and overseas. OBI Seafoods photo https://www.nationalfisherman.com/national-international/salmon-overtakes-lobster-as-highest-value-catch International Marine scientists call on G7 countries to prioritize ocean protections Seafood Source by Chris Chase - May 20, 2021 An international group of marine scientists have called on G7 countries to prioritize planning ocean protections at the next summit, to take place in Cornwall, England, next month. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/marine-scientists-call-on-g7-countries-to-prioritize-ocean-protections Environment/Science NOAA Fisheries Releases Key Reports: Status of Stocks 2020 and Fisheries of the United States 2019 Two new reports highlight the continued rebuilding and recovery of U.S. fisheries and the broad economic impact of commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture on the U.S. economy. NOAA Fisheries - May 20, 2021 Today, NOAA Fisheries announced the release of two new reports: the Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries and the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report. These reports highlight the continued rebuilding and recovery of U.S. fisheries and the broad economic impact of commercial and recreational fisheries on the U.S. economy. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/noaa-fisheries-releases-key-reports-status-stocks-2020-and-fisheries-united-states Community Steps Up to Continue Yukon River Salmon Research During Pandemic Local fishermen team up with scientists to find out why Chinook salmon returns to the Yukon River are declining. NOAA Fisheries - May 19, 2021 On the Yukon River, Chinook salmon are woven into the fabric of life and culture. They are a resource that indigenous people have harvested for more than 1,000 years. But over the last 20 years or more, the Chinook populations have declined dramatically. Fewer Chinook are returning to the river each year, and those that do are smaller and younger than they have been in the past. This has created hardship for the people who rely on this resource. It is nurturing a strong desire to understand and contribute to solutions to address the dwindling returns. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/community-steps-continue-yukon-river-salmon-research-during-pandemic
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