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Halibut Landings

The volume of halibut landings taken by commercial fishermen has never recovered from the relatively large numbers of the 1950s and 1960s.  Following some good years in the 1980s, landings dropped sharply and have yet to recover.

The shortage of halibut has driven prices per pound to historic highs.

Halibut Landings 1950-2011

Halibut Landings 1950-2011

Halibut Price per Pound 1950-2011

Halibut Price per Pound 1950-2011

 

YEAR POUNDS VALUE PRICE/LB
1950 86,100 $20,470 $0.24
1951 114,000 $26,784 $0.23
1952 89,000 $24,913 $0.28
1953 78,500 $23,937 $0.30
1954 105,400 $29,077 $0.28
1955 153,800 $36,862 $0.24
1956 107,400 $29,221 $0.27
1957 124,300 $28,507 $0.23
1958 136,300 $35,034 $0.26
1959 97,400 $24,591 $0.25
1960 89,900 $24,029 $0.27
1961 69,100 $21,221 $0.31
1962 92,200 $30,329 $0.33
1963 92,400 $31,034 $0.34
1964 76,590 $24,840 $0.32
1965 92,677 $31,662 $0.34
1966 101,941 $37,351 $0.37
1967 99,735 $40,007 $0.40
1968 64,395 $25,963 $0.40
1969 52,503 $21,450 $0.41
1970 51,660 $25,004 $0.48
1971 77,031 $36,737 $0.48
1972 74,626 $51,175 $0.69
1973 60,045 $54,084 $0.90
1974 47,542 $53,626 $1.13
1975 45,220 $47,911 $1.06
1976 48,109 $50,006 $1.04
1977 46,401 $67,564 $1.46
1978 74,726 $106,879 $1.43
1979 88,574 $145,954 $1.65
1980 70,931 $111,481 $1.57
1981 62,261 $97,220 $1.56
1982 88,145 $142,583 $1.62
1983 88,497 $168,610 $1.91
1984 123,168 $236,014 $1.92
1985 94,410 $195,554 $2.07
1986 82,659 $195,202 $2.36
1987 55,331 $158,241 $2.86
1988 125,374 $280,167 $2.23
1989 40,219 $106,312 $2.64
1990 20,503 $49,830 $2.43
1991 43,438 $111,013 $2.56
1992 35,070 $85,160 $2.43
1993 30,143 $97,825 $3.25
1994 29,664 $104,042 $3.51
1995 11,485 $43,172 $3.76
1996 18,069 $65,452 $3.62
1997 22,632 $78,806 $3.48
1998 7,708 $26,867 $3.49
1999 11,731 $49,143 $4.19
2000 6,217 $24,723 $3.98
2001 11,100 $38,891 $3.50
2002 11,175 $45,958 $4.11
2003 10,480 $43,216 $4.12
2004 14,347 $58,678 $4.09
2005 24,881 $70,199 $2.82
2006 23,318 $104,486 $4.48
2007 41,827 $204,716 $4.89
2008 46,278 $236,042 $5.10
2009 80,715 $369,342 $4.58
2010 33,139 $197,789 $5.97
2011 36,607 $239,319 $6.54

Source: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/commercialfishing/documents/halibut.table_002.pdf (accessed 9/24/2012)

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