According to figures released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Kodiak landed 325.3 million pounds of commercial fish in 2010. That was up from 282.9 million pounds in 2009, but other ports registered similar gains.
Dutch Harbor stayed
No. 1 in poundage for the 22nd consecutive year, reporting
515.2 million pounds of fish, up from 506.3 million pounds in 2009. Those figures are well short of its record 911.3 million-pound haul in 2006.
In fisheries value, Kodiak also remained steady in the rankings at No. 3. Kodiak fish were worth $128.1 million in 2010, up from $103.8 million in 2009.
New Bedford, Mass., No. 9 in poundage, remained No. 1 in value for the 11th consecutive year. Its scallop harvests are particularly valuable on the open market, and rising seafood prices drove its fish value from $249.2 million in 2009 to a record $306 million in 2010 even as its landings dropped.
Kodiak’s 2010 landings were its most since 2006, when the port landed 332 million pounds of fish. Lower prices meant the 2006 harvest was worth much less.
The $128 million value of Kodiak’s commercial fishery landings was the most since 1988, according to NOAA statistics. That year, the city’s fishery was worth $166 million. NOAA did not state if that figure was adjusted for inflation.
According to a NOAA statement, the 2010 U.S. harvest included 8.2 billion pounds of seafood worth $4.5 billion, a rise of 200 million pounds and $600 million from 2009.
Alaska lands more seafood than every other U.S. state combined, and has three of the top 10 ports by volume and six of the top 10 by value.
Following Dutch Harbor and Kodiak in value were Naknek at No. 4 ($100.9 million), Cordova at No. 5 ($84.3 million), Seward at No. 9 ($69.2 million) and Sitka at No. 10 ($62.2 million). Homer was No. 13 ($56.1 million).
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