Commercial fishing harvest
increases, recreational harvest decreases in 2014
increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs,
spiny dogfish and summer flounder.
shellfish to North Carolina fish dealers last year, according the N.C. Division
of Marine Fisheries’ Commercial Trip Ticket Program. It was the first year
commercial fisheries landings rose since 2010, an upward tick in a long
declining trend since the late 1990s.
climbed 19 percent in 2014 to $93.8 million, continuing an increasing trend
fish, weighing about 9 million pounds in 2014, a 25 percent decrease in pounds
from 2013, according to the division’s Coastal Angling Program. It is 29
percent lower than the average of recreational landings from 2010 to 2013.
harvest in 2014, followed by spiny dogfish, shrimp, summer flounder and
flounder to North Carolina dealers in 2014 – five times more than in 2013. The
increase was a direct result of a more restrictive state policy on allowing
boats to land their harvest in Virginia and other states. In previous years,
the state allowed more boats to do this because of shallow waters in Oregon
Inlet. It required North Carolina to transfer much of its summer flounder quota
to other states, causing federal quota allocation concerns.
as the number of fishing trips with crab pots rose by 5 percent and the average
catch of hard blue crabs in the pot fishery increased by 42 pounds per trip.
The estimated dockside value of blue crabs in North Carolina rose by 13
percent, as well.
pounds due to an increase in the state’s allotted quota.
million pounds in 2014.
to 29.4 million pounds in 2014. Shellfish and crustacean harvests increased by
15 percent to 32 million pounds.
were dolphin, bluefish, yellowfin tuna, spot and red drum.
million pounds, bluefish landings decreased by 3 percent to 961,222 pounds,
yellowfin tuna landings decreased by 37 percent to 913,785 pounds.
after the highest landings on record in 2013.
since 2007. Recreational spot harvests increased by 53 percent in 2014 to
dropped by 18.7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, the number of beach and
bank fishing trips increased by 37.3 percent.
Fisheries Bulletin link at
Statistics Section Chief Don Hesselman
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