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Blue Mussel Harvests

Prior to the mid-1970’s, blue mussel harvests in commercial fishing were relatively low.  Since then harvests appear to follow cycles, with higher yields in the late 1980’s, the mid-1990’s and the mid-2000’s.  Higher total values followed a similar trend.  “Whole pounds” in the table below refers to mussels in the shell, as does “price/lb.”  Mussel meat averages about 17% of the “whole pound” weight.

Blue Mussel Harvest 1950-2011

Blue Mussel Harvest 1950-2011

YEAR WHOLE POUNDS POUNDS (millions) VALUE PRICE/LB
1950 1,905,086 1.9051 $11,370 $0.03
1951 2,620,006 2.62 $13,472 $0.03
1952 1,685,336 1.6853 $8,725 $0.03
1953 301,204 0.3012 $1,301 $0.03
1954 477,004 0.477 $2,048 $0.03
1955 612,956 0.613 $2,829 $0.03
1956 713,162 0.7132 $2,170 $0.02
1957 227,368 0.2274 $4,547 $0.12
1958 705,544 0.7055 $9,093 $0.08
1959 141,226 0.1412 $1,705 $0.07
1960 291,828 0.2918 $2,989 $0.06
1961 12,892 0.0129 $92 $0.04
1962 42,778 0.0428 $750 $0.10
1963 119,544 0.1195 $1,407 $0.07
1964 90,303 0.0903 $1,024 $0.07
1965 185,909 0.1859 $3,025 $0.10
1966 1,405,164 1.4052 $20,364 $0.08
1967 2,172,320 2.1723 $31,473 $0.08
1968 2,281,896 2.2819 $30,978 $0.08
1969 2,068,170 2.0682 $28,625 $0.08
1970 1,764,551 1.7646 $64,431 $0.21
1971 880,219 0.8802 $35,051 $0.23
1972 1,645,136 1.6451 $70,826 $0.25
1973 2,575,406 2.5754 $116,000 $0.26
1974 1,806,802 1.8068 $82,626 $0.27
1975 3,588,348 3.5883 $198,036 $0.32
1976 7,050,717 7.0507 $344,424 $0.29
1977 12,380,527 12.3805 $680,309 $0.32
1978 16,381,730 16.3817 $670,468 $0.24
1979 17,582,766 17.5828 $716,128 $0.24
1980 13,662,807 13.6628 $546,415 $0.23
1981 17,299,359 17.2994 $799,906 $0.27
1982 16,987,583 16.9876 $834,781 $0.29
1983 26,075,271 26.0753 $1,407,883 $0.32
1984 28,267,404 28.2674 $1,668,413 $0.35
1985 35,687,300 35.6873 $2,079,349 $0.34
1986 36,573,291 36.5733 $2,306,662 $0.37
1987 33,062,636 33.0626 $1,940,673 $0.34
1988 30,618,137 30.6181 $1,848,601 $0.35
1989 23,946,685 23.9467 $1,408,491 $0.34
1990 16,329,623 16.3296 $865,895 $0.31
1991 13,278,748 13.2787 $789,667 $0.35
1992 18,086,890 18.0869 $1,020,859 $0.33
1993 28,549,826 28.5498 $1,607,749 $0.33
1994 27,732,503 27.7325 $1,572,428 $0.33
1995 37,675,194 37.6752 $2,321,533 $0.36
1996 32,887,357 32.8874 $2,099,075 $0.37
1997 25,479,632 25.4796 $1,652,302 $0.38
1998 16,379,444 16.3794 $1,061,195 $0.38
1999 11,202,328 11.2023 $728,901 $0.38
2000 16,628,863 16.6289 $1,037,224 $0.37
2001 16,885,930 16.8859 $2,774,524 $0.96
2002 28,088,685 28.0887 $4,116,530 $0.86
2003 25,123,338 25.1233 $4,487,473 $1.05
2004 22,754,462 22.7545 $3,216,992 $0.83
2005 20,012,404 20.0124 $2,680,245 $0.78
2006 18,756,510 18.7565 $2,728,628 $0.85
2007 14,526,646 14.5266 $1,943,164 $0.78
2008 13,008,281 13.0083 $1,622,239 $0.12
2009 15,503,462 15.5035 $2,191,711 $0.14
2010 14,628,931 14.6289 $2,064,427 $0.14
2011 15,797,125 15.7971 $1,939,960 $0.12

Source: Maine. Department of Marne Resources. http://www.maine.gov/dmr/commercialfishing/documents/bl.mussel.table_001.pdf (accessed September 16, 2012)

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