Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2012 Gulf Coast Blue Crab Fishery Landings

As promised, here are the fishery landings data for blue crabs in Gulf Coast states updated to the end of 2012. As on the Atlantic Coast, it is a bit of a mixed bag. Landings were up a bit in Mississippi and and Louisiana and down a bit most other places. Based just on these landings data, there doesn't appear to have been a major, lasting impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on blue crab fisheries.

Friday, November 1, 2013

2012 US Blue Crab Landings Down, Total Value Up

The 2012 Fisheries of the US report was released recently. The combined value of all US crab fisheries (over $680 million) was higher than any other major group.

The good news for the blue crab fishery is that it was the 5th most valuable US fishery species and increased about $4 million to just under $190 million. The not so good news is that the weight of crabs landed was down slightly in the major states (LA, MD, VA, NC) and overall. Many other states with small fisheries posted increases. The figure below shows updated harvest records for the period 1950-2012 for the US Atlantic Coast. I'll post figures for the Gulf Coast soon.