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NOAA reports show positive trends

30 Apr 2014
Black sea bass is one of the species rebuilt to target level in 2013, according to a new NOAA report. Credit: NOAA

Black sea bass is one of the species rebuilt to target level in 2013, according to a new NOAA report. Credit: NOAA

US commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of 7% over the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing 3% from 2011 to 2012, according to a new NOAA Fisheries economics report.

Further, two more fish stocks were rebuilt to target levels in 2013, bringing the number of rebuilt US marine fish stocks to 34 since 2000, according to another NOAA Fisheries report also released this week. 

The two reports, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012 and the Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013, show positive trends in the steady rebuilding of the country's federally managed fisheries. 

According to the economics report, commercial and recreational fishing supported approximately 1.7 million jobs in 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, a gain over 2011's 1.6 million. The commercial fishing industry generated $141 billion in sales, $39 billion in income, and supported 1.3 million jobs in 2012 in fishing and across the broader economy.  

The annual economics report also breaks down the sales, income and job figures for each coastal state. The five states that generated the most commercial fishing jobs in 2012 were California, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington, and Alaska.  

The other new report, Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013, also shows improvement as US fisheries continue to rebuild. The two stocks rebuilt in 2013 are Southern Atlantic Coast black sea bass and Sacramento River fall Chinook salmon. 

“The percent of assessed stocks that are not overfished or subject to overfishing continues to improve, with 91% of those stocks not subject to overfishing and 83% not overfished", said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries.

 

 

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Black sea bass is one of the species rebuilt to target level in 2013, according to a new NOAA report. Credit: NOAA

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