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Cusk Landings

After declining in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the landings of cusk by commercial fishermen rebounded, reaching a peak in 1985.  After another short decline, another peak appeared in 1993, followed by declining landings ever since.

As the landings declined, the price per pound has increases, reaching more that $1.00 for the first time in 2008.

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Cusk Landings 1950-2011

Cusk Landings 1950-2011

YEAR POUNDS POUNDS (millions) VALUE PRICE/LB
1950 1,576,700 1.5767 $61,081 $0.04
1951 1,381,600 1.3816 $70,804 $0.05
1952 1,215,400 1.2154 $67,402 $0.06
1953 1,010,400 1.0104 $51,082 $0.05
1954 802,400 0.8024 $43,552 $0.05
1955 673,200 0.6732 $34,065 $0.05
1956 442,200 0.4422 $23,213 $0.05
1957 584,100 0.5841 $26,808 $0.05
1958 542,100 0.5421 $29,186 $0.05
1959 595,800 0.5958 $30,703 $0.05
1960 578,200 0.5782 $27,869 $0.05
1961 599,400 0.5994 $31,245 $0.05
1962 609,300 0.6093 $31,068 $0.05
1963 469,500 0.4695 $23,256 $0.05
1964 370,009 0.3700 $17,807 $0.05
1965 285,585 0.2856 $16,064 $0.06
1966 303,032 0.3030 $18,579 $0.06
1967 193,685 0.1937 $11,493 $0.06
1968 130,601 0.1306 $7,421 $0.06
1969 135,042 0.1350 $8,108 $0.06
1970 265,796 0.2658 $19,389 $0.07
1971 309,325 0.3093 $23,480 $0.08
1972 431,931 0.4319 $39,076 $0.09
1973 577,701 0.5777 $61,213 $0.11
1974 632,196 0.6322 $76,498 $0.12
1975 801,263 0.8013 $104,463 $0.13
1976 862,122 0.8621 $146,919 $0.17
1977 999,660 0.9997 $162,428 $0.16
1978 1,340,754 1.3408 $228,278 $0.17
1979 1,465,739 1.4657 $285,886 $0.20
1980 1,607,704 1.6077 $294,792 $0.18
1981 1,534,456 1.5345 $345,903 $0.23
1982 1,808,153 1.8082 $374,515 $0.21
1983 2,194,165 2.1942 $458,018 $0.21
1984 1,825,810 1.8258 $420,284 $0.23
1985 2,528,135 2.5281 $737,097 $0.29
1986 1,671,764 1.6718 $755,360 $0.45
1987 1,296,544 1.2965 $712,653 $0.55
1988 1,038,705 1.0387 $466,426 $0.45
1989 939,618 0.9396 $456,563 $0.49
1990 932,328 0.9323 $442,127 $0.47
1991 1,228,670 1.2287 $673,464 $0.55
1992 1,706,516 1.7065 $874,684 $0.51
1993 1,936,567 1.9366 $1,073,995 $0.55
1994 1,501,696 1.5017 $863,144 $0.57
1995 820,599 0.8206 $525,900 $0.64
1996 436,846 0.4368 $319,183 $0.73
1997 548,591 0.5487 $323,731 $0.59
1998 434,018 0.4340 $281,120 $0.65
1999 278,923 0.2789 $209,378 $0.75
2000 187,767 0.1878 $130,641 $0.70
2001 133,124 0.1331 $97,734 $0.73
2002 114,408 0.1144 $74,497 $0.65
2003 78,457 0.0785 $47,698 $0.61
2004 41,434 0.0414 $27,001 $0.65
2005 53,098 0.0531 $33,822 $0.64
2006 49,180 0.0492 $41,405 $0.84
2007 128,844 0.1288 $75,483 $0.59
2008 42,116 0.0421 $58,272 $1.38
2009 20,910 0.0209 $14,023 $0.67
2010
2011 18,276 0.0183 $16,559 $0.91

Source: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/commercialfishing/documents/cusk.table_001.pdf (accessed 9/22/2012)

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