The Coastal Packet: Value of fisheries landings rises

Wednesday, May 10

Value of fisheries landings rises

Maine Public Broadcasting - Landings of finfish and shellfish in Maine accounted for over $588 million in revenue in 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, and more than 39,000 jobs, according to numbers released Tuesday by NOAA Fisheries. The total landings in Maine for 2015 were up more than $40 million compared to 2014 and up more than $112 million compared to 2013. Rita Curtis, a NOAA Fisheries division chief for economics and social analysis, says American lobsters drive Maine fisheries. “Maine lobster was up again, about $40 million. Prices were up we’ll say about 10 percent, more or less. Soft shell clams were up,” she says.

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