Published: May 16, 2012
In North Carolina, commercial harvests of fish and shellfish for 2011 decreased by about 6 percent to 67.5 million pounds, according to landings reports collected by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program.
The value of seafood landed in North Carolina had an estimated dockside value of $72.8 million. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries reports that commercial fishing trips declined by 11 percent in 2011, which led to lower landings.
Blue crab was the state’s most valuable commercial harvest, both in pounds and value. Fishermen landed 30 million pounds of blue crab, with a dockside value of $21 million in 2011.
Other important catches for North Carolina fishermen included shrimp and Atlantic croaker. Commercial fishermen landed 5.1 million pounds of shrimp, which had an estimated dockside value of $11 million. Fishermen landed 5 million pounds of croaker, valued at $3.1 million.
Commercial fishermen landed 3.5 million pounds of menhaden in 2011, a 172 percent jump from 2010, pushing menhaden to No. 4 in the top commercial species list.
Landings of menhaden increased due to the demand for the fish as crab pot bait. The 2011 menhaden landings had an estimated dockside value of $334,299.
Summer flounder rounded out the top five commercial species landed in North Carolina during 2011. Commercial fishermen landed 2.9 million pounds of summer flounder valued at $6 million.
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source: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries