While there’s lots of additional work into fleshing out the full details of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s report — Fisheries Economics of the United States 2014 — it’s apparent commercial and recreational fishing is a vital part of the country’s economy.
The report finding was that fisheries in the United States supported 1.83 million jobs, up 15 percent from 2011, and was responsible for sales of $214 billion, up 16 percent during the same period.
While it will take time to check the complete impact of recreational fishing and fishermen across the country, the initial report indicated “saltwater recreational fishing is among the nation’s favorite pastimes and it remains a key contributor to the national economy. In 2014, recreational fishing supported 439,000 jobs and generated $61 billion in sales impacts. This sector saw an increase in jobs (4 percent) and sales (4 percent) impacts from 2013.”
The report on 2014 activity further stated that the value of commercial fisheries and seafood industry “supported nearly 1.4 million jobs and generated $153 billion in sales impacts,” which represented a 3 percent increase in jobs and an 8 percent increase in sales from 2013.
The commercial fisheries and seafood report noted a “large quantity of seafood is imported into the United States,” and NOAA’s release said estimates of some commercial impacts were done both with and without imports.”
At first glance, there was nothing to separate finfish and shrimp landings, but it did report a large majority of the nation’s estimated $470 million in shrimp landing were “generated by Louisiana and Texas.”