Monday, August 15, 2016

Louisiana Seafood Facts

The following article includes statistics, facts, and other information about the Louisiana seafood industry.

Louisiana is the top producer of shrimp, oysters, blue crabs, crawfish, and alligator in the USA.

Other seafood includes dozens of species of fish ranging from mullet to tuna.

Jobs and Economic Impacts

The Louisiana seafood industry is a vital sector of the state’s economy.

One in 70 jobs in Louisiana is related to the seafood industry.

Seafood-related employment has an economic impact of over $2.4 billion annually for Louisiana.

The Louisiana shrimp industry accounts for 15,000 jobs and an annual impact of $1.3 billion.

The Louisiana commercial oyster industry accounts for almost 4,000 jobs with an economic impact of $317 million annually.

The Louisiana blue crab fishery accounts for more than 3,000 jobs with an annual economic impact of $293 million.

Louisiana has more than 1,000 crawfish farmers and more than 800 commercial fishermen who harvest wild crawfish.

Louisiana's combined harvest of crawfish totals 110 million pounds each year with an annual economic impact of $120 million.

The combined harvest of 313,000 wild and farmed Louisiana alligators generates a total annual economic impact of $104 million.


More Information

Louisiana Commercial Fishing

Friday, August 12, 2016

Massachusetts Seafood Marketing

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A new Massachusetts seafood marketing program seeks to increase awareness and demand for local seafood and support Massachusetts’ fishing and seafood industries.

The Massachusetts seafood marketing program will educate people on seafood availability, preparation, health benefits, economic contribution, and environmental sustainability through printed material, events, partnerships and other aids. Legislators, agency heads and industry members comprise the program’s steering committee.

The program is managed by the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)

The Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Program kicked off its formal marketing efforts at the 5th annual Boston Seafood Festival at the Boston Fish Pier.

The new seafood marketing program chose the Boston Seafood Festival to launch because the event celebrates the commercial fishing heritage of Massachusetts while highlighting the significant infrastructure that is the Boston Fish Pier.

source: Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs