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NOAA Reports Show Strong Economic Gains from Fishing, Continued Improvement in Fish Stocks

Southern Atlantic Coast black sea bass was one of two 
stocks rebuilt in 2013.

Sacramento River fall Chinook salmon 
was one of  two stocks rebuilt in 2013.


April 29, 2014

U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of seven percent over the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing three percent 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 U.S. marine fish stocks to 34 since 2000, according to another NOAA Fisheries report also released today.

Taken together, 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 off our coasts, and the important role fisheries contribute to the United State economy.

Get more information and related materials on both reports below. To view and download graphics from each report, please click here.


Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S.

This annual report provides a ‘snapshot’ in time of the 
status of U.S. fisheries at the end of 2013.


Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012

This publication is a preliminary report for 2012 on commercial and a final report for recreational fisheries of the United States with landings from the U.S. territorial seas, the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and on the high seas.