America’s fishing industry has been the foundation of not just our culture, but of the US economy as well. Commercial fishing communities span the nation from Hawaii and America’s Pacific possessions, to Alaska, to the Pacific Northwest, the West Coast, the Gulf, and the East Coast from Florida through the mid-Atlantic to New England.
Commercial fishing and its communities contribute significantly (from data issued by NOAA Fisheries in a report titled Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2012:
- Landed 9.6 billion pounds of seafood
- Generated $141 billion in sales, $39 billion in income
- Supported 1.3 million jobs
Find out more about our member communities and their contributions to the fishing industry: