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Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries provides science-based conservation and management for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, marine mammals, endangered species, and their habitats.
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NOAA Fisheries provides science-based conservation and management for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, marine mammals, endangered species, and their habitats.
39 rebuilt stocks
NOAA Fisheries tracks 473 fish stocks managed by 46 fishery management plans. We have rebuilt 39 stocks since 2000 as a result of our fishery management process. Overfishing and overfished numbers remained near all-time lows in 2015.
129 species
NOAA Fisheries has jurisdiction over 129 endangered and threatened marine species, including 42 foreign species.
14.6 pounds
The average American consumed 14.6 pounds of fish and shellfish in 2014, essentially unchanged from 2013.
10.4 million anglers
10.4 million anglers took 68 million recreational fishing trips in 2014, according to the Fisheries of the U.S. 2014 report.
4.4 million square miles
NOAA Fisheries is responsible for monitoring and enforcing marine fisheries within 4.4 million square miles and 95,000 coastline miles, the largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the world.
$5.4 billion
In 2014, U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.5 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.4 billion.
$1.4 billion
The U.S. produced $1.4 billion worth of aquaculture seafood in 2013. Marine aquaculture production has been increasing steadily in recent years at an average annual rate of about nearly five percent from 2008-2013.
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About NOAA Fisheries //
Our work is guided by two core mandates—to ensure the productivity and sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities through science-based decision-making and compliance with regulations, and to recover and conserve protected resources including whales, turtles, and salmon. We have five regional offices, six science centers, and more than 20 laboratories around the United States and U.S. territories.