Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Alaska continues to harvest over half the seafood in the United States according to the Fisheries of the United States 2016 report released this morning by NOAA.
The federal government says American fisheries grew by a little more than 2 percent in value last year, even with fishermen bringing slightly less fish to shore.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report released Wednesday that U.S. commercial fishermen brought 9.6 billion pounds of seafood to land last year. That's a decrease of 1.5 percent from 2015.
The catch was valued at $5.3 billion, which is 2.1 percent more than 2015. The largest commercial fishery in America remains the Alaska pollock, which came close to a record year in terms of catch volume.
The report says the U.S. also imported more seafood in 2016 than the previous year. The average American ate almost 15 pounds of fish and shellfish last year, slightly down from 2015.
The report claims the average citizen consumes 14.9 pounds of seafood annually in the country. Salmon continues to be one of the top three fish in the aqua culture industry that accounts for 21% of our seafood production.
Dutch Harbor, Alaska continued to tank as the #1 port in the nation for seafood.