Fisheries of the US 2015 numbers released

Fisheries of the US 2015 numbers. Graphic: NOAA

Fisheries of the US 2015 numbers.
Graphic: NOAA

As October, the Seafood month, comes to an end, NOAA Fisheries is released its Fisheries of the United States, 2015 report today. The report is giving a profile of the US´ fishing and seafood by the numbers.  According to this latest report, in addition to strong landings and economic values for US fishermen, the numbers reflect a jump in domestic seafood consumption to 15.5 pounds (7 kg) per person, up by nearly a full pound (453 grams). US dietary guidelines recommend eating 8-12 ounces (227 – 340 grams) of seafood each week for a healthy diet. Increased consumption of seafood is anticipated to continue into the future, underscoring the importance of domestic aquaculture as part of a sustainable seafood portfolio.

Although aquaculture figures for 2015 are not yet available, for perspective, in 2014 the top U.S. aquaculture produced species included oysters, clams, and Atlantic salmon, and generated 608 million pounds (275,784 Metric tons) of seafood valued at $1.3 billion. This equates to 20 percent of the value and 6 percent of the volume of total U.S. production of fishery products.

Commercial fishermen landed 9.7 billion pounds (4.4 million Metric tons) of seafood valued at $5.2 billion in 2015, continuing the high landings and values of US fisheries we’ve seen over the last five years. This trend underscores the collective progress of the US fisheries management system, the fishery management councils and fishermen that make it work in order to ensure the sustainability and economic stability of our nation’s fisheries.

On the recreational side of our fisheries, US anglers took more than 60 million trips in 2015 and caught more than 350 million fish, 57 percent of which were released. The total recreational harvest was estimated at 151 million fish weighing 188 million pounds (85,275 Metric tons).

For in-depth details, a copy of the report and related materials, go to NOAA´s fisheries statistics webpage.