U.S. Fisheries By The Numbers

Status of U.S. Fish Stocks

  • As a result of the U.S. science-based management process, the status of our nation’s federally managed marine fish stocks continues to improve. In 2016 the overall percentage of stocks not listed on the overfishing or overfished list remained steady, and two stocks were rebuilt.
  • In 2016, four stocks were removed from the overfishing list.
  • Since 2000, 41 U.S. federally managed fish stocks have been declared rebuilt.
  • Read more in the annual Status of U.S. Fisheries report.

Fish Landings

  • In 2016, U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.6 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.3 billion.

2016 U.S. Commercial Fisheries and Seafood Industry Highlights

  • Of the 2016 U.S. commercial catch, the majority was used for food for humans—75.3 percent for fresh/frozen food, 1.9 percent canned, and 0.6 percent cured.

2016 U.S. Commercial Fisheries and the Seafood Industry - How our Catch is Used

  • The United States produced $1.4 billion worth of aquaculture seafood in 2015, and the top U.S. marine aquaculture species were oysters ($173 million), clams ($112 million), and Atlantic salmon ($88 million).

2015 Aquaculture Production Highlights

  • The United States is the world’s second largest consumer of seafood in the world, eating 4.8 billion pounds in 2016. That works out to about 14.9 pounds per person.
  • Read more in the annual Fisheries of the United States—2016.

U.S. Fisheries Economics

  • In 2015, U.S. fisheries supported 1.6 million jobs and contributed $208 billion in sales.

Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2015 sales impacts

  • In 2015, the seafood industry supported nearly 1.2 million jobs and generated $144 billion.

Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2015 commercial impacts