Report: US fishing haul fell 10% during first pandemic year

Source: SFGate

“America’s commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said Thursday. The 2020 haul of fish was 8.4 billion pounds, while the value of that catch was $4.8 billion, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The early months of the pandemic posed numerous challenges for the U.S. fishing industry, which has remained economically viable despite the difficult year, NOAA officials said. ‘It was fishery closures, boats not going out due to COVID, border closings due to COVID, lots of disruption and the flow of goods and services,’ said Michael Liddel, NOAA’s commercial fishery statistics branch chief. NOAA made the announcement as it unveiled its ‘Status of the Stocks’ report, which provides details about the health of the nation’s commercial fishing industry.” (05/12/22)