Published: May 26, 2012
According to a report to Congress from NOAA’s Fisheries Service, six fish populations were declared rebuilt to healthy levels in 2011.
The 2011 Status of U.S. Fisheries report listed the following fisheries as rebuilt to healthy levels:
* Bering Sea snow crab
* Atlantic coast summer flounder
* Gulf of Maine haddock
* northern California coast Chinook salmon
* Washington coast coho salmon
* Pacific coast widow rockfish
The report also found that:
* 86 percent of the populations examined for fishing activity were not subject to overfishing
* 79 percent of assessed populations (174 of 219) are not overfished, or were above levels that require a rebuilding plan
NOAA studies predict that fully rebuilt fisheries are expected to add an estimated $31 billion to the economy and an additional 500,000 jobs. Commercial and
recreational fishing currently generates $183 billion per year to the U.S. economy and supports more than 1.5 million full and part-time jobs.
To read the full report, visit http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov