New Bedford, Mass. and Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska Remain Top Fishing Ports

September 9, 2010

A NOAA Fisheries report finds the port of New Bedford, Mass., the top spot for value of landings for the tenth year in a row. The New Bedford port brought in $249.2 million in 2009, an increase of $7.9 million over the previous year. The amount of fish landed was also up by 23.6 million pounds, with scallops responsible for a large part of the high value.

For the 21st consecutive year, Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska was the country’s top port for the total amount of fish landed. Last year, commercial fishermen unloaded 506.3 million pounds of fish and shellfish there, mostly pollock.

Dutch Harbor-Unalaska also retained its position as the second-highest port for landings value, with landings earning $159.7 million in 2009.

Nationwide, the total domestic commercial landings for 2009 were 7.9 billion pounds, valued at $3.9 billion. This is a decrease from 2008, when the volume reached 8.3 billion pounds, with a value of $4.4 billion. Accounting for most of the decrease was a decline in landings of both pollock and Pacific whiting.

“The successful and collaborative management of the New England scallop fishery is a main reason for the excellent year we saw in 2009,” said Eric Schwaab, NOAA assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries Service. “Fishing also supports a healthy industry and working waterfronts.”

The ports of Empire-Venice, La. and Reedville, Va., ranked second and third for quantity of landings in 2009, primarily due to menhaden. Some 411.8 million pounds of fish were landed in Empire-Venice and 349.4 million pounds were landed in Reedville.

The report on the nation’s ports is part of Fisheries of the United States 2009, a detailed statistical report on the nation’s commercial and recreational fishing, landings, import, export, per capita fish consumption and consumer expenditures for fish products. The report is available online.

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TOP 10 COMMERCIAL FISHERY LANDINGS AT MAJOR U.S. PORTS, 2008-2009
Figures in Millions of Pounds

Port

2008

2009

Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska

612.7

506.3

Empire-Venice, La.

353.2

411.8

Reedville, Va.

354.2

349.4

Kodiak, Alaska

250.9

282.9

Intercoastal City, La.

254.6

244.7

Pascagoula-Moss Point, Miss.

190.2

217.8

Cameron, La.

171.9

178.8

New Bedford, Mass.

146.4

170.0

Port Hueneme-Oxnard-Ventura, CA

  46.3

141.3

Gloucester, Mass.

120.2

122.3

           

TOP 10 COMMERCIAL FISHERY VALUES AT MAJOR U.S. PORTS, 2008-2009 
Figures in Millions of Dollars

Port

2008

2009

New Bedford, Mass.

241.3

249.2

Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska

195.0

159.7

Kodiak, Alaska

98.7

103.8

Naknek-King Salmon, Alaska

65.3

76.1

Cape May-Wildwood, N.J.

73.7

73.4

Hampton Roads area, Va.

72.3

68.1

Empire-Venice, La.

62.9

67.1

Honolulu, Hawaii

73.3

59.4

Sitka, Alaska

48.2

51.3

Dulac-Chauvin, La.

48.9

50.9

Note: To avoid disclosure of private enterprise, certain ports