A seine crew lands chum and pink salmon during the 2023 fishing opener in Prince William Sound. Photo by Kinsey Brown for The Cordova Times

Commercial seafood deliveries to Cordova continue to rank its port among the top 20 in the nation, as documented in the latest Fisheries Economics of the United States Report. 

The national summary of the 2022 economic performance of U.S. marine fisheries and related industries and their role in the nation’s economy, released on April 4, notes that in 2022 that the total of 65.3 million pounds of seafood delivered to Cordova were valued at $76.4 million. 

Dutch Harbor once again ranked top in the nation for pounds of seafood delivered — with a total of 613.5 million pounds valued at $159.9 million — while the port of New Bedford, Massachusetts took top honors for value with 88.4 million pounds of seafood delivered that had a total value of $443.2 million. 

Other Alaska seafood ports in the top 20 for 2022, the latest year for which all data is compiled, included Kodiak with 285.4 million pounds delivered worth $139 million; Naknek with 234.5 million pounds valued at $298.5 million; Aleutian Islands with 443.4 million pounds worth $144.4 million; Alaska Peninsula with 91.7 million pounds worth $91 million; Sitka with 9.1 million pounds delivered and worth $77.5 million; Ketchikan with 54.1 million pounds worth $46.2 million; and Bristol Bay with 40.3 million pounds worth $54.7 million. 

The annual report provides a summary of the economic performance of the nation’s commercial and recreational fisheries, as well as other marine-related industries and their impact on the overall economy. For 2022 alone the seafood industry had sales valued at $321 billion, provided 2.3 million jobs, and had a value-added impact of $148.9 billion. 

Alaska produces over half of the fish caught in waters off the nation’s coast, with an average wholesale value of nearly $4.5 billion annually. The report characterizes Alaska fisheries as among the best-managed, most sustainable in the world, providing a steady source of jobs and a stable food supply for the nation, while supporting a traditional way of life or Alaska Native and local fishing communities. 

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The Alaska regional office for NOAA Fisheries is based in Juneau, with field staff in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. The regional staff coordinates with the state of Alaska on fishery management and data collection programs and with the International Pacific Halibut Commission on regulations governing the recreational, commercial and subsistence Pacific halibut fisheries off Alaska. 

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center, with headquarters at the Auke Bay Laboratories of the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, conducts scientific research throughout the state on commercially marketable species including rockfish, sablefish and salmon, as well as on all aspects of marine ecosystems such as ocean physics and chemistry essential to fish habitats, and the structure and functioning of marine food webs. 

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