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Herring Landings

While still below the highs of the 1950s and early 1960s, Atlantic herring landings by commercial fishermen have been relatively consistent since the early 1990s in a range of 75 to 95 million pounds.  See this movie clip, about 1940, of herring and sardine (young herring) fishing, courtesy of Northeast Historic Film.

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Since 2002 the total value of the landings has increased substantially. In the same period herring was returning an increasing price per pound, more than doubling 2001 to 2011.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),*

Atlantic herring has recovered substantially from the very low levels of the 1970s and is now harvested sustainably. The Atlantic herring fishery is extremely valuable to the economy in the U.S. Northeast. Herring are sold frozen, salted, or canned as sardines in both U.S. and international markets and provide affordable bait to lobster, blue crab, and tuna fishermen. Herring are managed under “annual catch limits,” which limit the amount of herring fishermen are allowed to catch in a year to ensure the resource isn’t overharvested again and that this important fishery can continue for generations to come.

Herring Landings 1950-2011

Herring Landings 1950-2011

Herring Price per Pound 1950-2011

Herring Price per Pound 1950-2011

YEAR POUNDS VALUE PRICE/LB
1950 185,481,500 $1,269,467 $0.01
1951 59,738,100 $913,689 $0.02
1952 144,661,100 $1,752,497 $0.01
1953 100,587,500 $1,621,170 $0.02
1954 123,602,000 $1,769,516 $0.01
1955 99,415,800 $1,352,969 $0.01
1956 140,472,300 $2,299,320 $0.02
1957 153,621,100 $2,312,056 $0.02
1958 170,977,300 $2,562,805 $0.01
1959 117,149,800 $1,880,121 $0.02
1960 152,327,300 $2,486,250 $0.02
1961 54,462,600 $1,035,522 $0.02
1962 156,699,400 $2,374,552 $0.02
1963 152,316,800 $1,649,042 $0.01
1964 57,660,641 $1,209,581 $0.02
1965 70,179,523 $1,167,683 $0.02
1966 58,298,675 $1,208,693 $0.02
1967 64,599,660 $1,537,697 $0.02
1968 59,703,321 $1,668,443 $0.03
1969 54,213,635 $967,657 $0.02
1970 36,593,185 $653,114 $0.02
1971 28,570,370 $687,346 $0.02
1972 44,689,750 $1,787,072 $0.04
1973 37,384,405 $1,095,072 $0.03
1974 47,397,980 $1,792,546 $0.04
1975 38,247,475 $1,422,695 $0.04
1976 70,233,465 $3,053,366 $0.04
1977 73,049,915 $3,545,465 $0.05
1978 66,895,150 $3,781,612 $0.06
1979 89,375,145 $4,583,641 $0.05
1980 107,823,120 $5,976,744 $0.06
1981 114,592,828 $6,435,366 $0.06
1982 51,160,800 $2,758,156 $0.05
1983 40,036,938 $2,171,224 $0.05
1984 44,960,437 $2,449,934 $0.05
1985 32,120,729 $1,905,771 $0.06
1986 43,644,838 $2,440,200 $0.06
1987 45,158,678 $2,551,476 $0.06
1988 36,443,512 $2,368,897 $0.07
1989 34,446,305 $1,882,496 $0.05
1990 49,391,482 $2,665,381 $0.05
1991 53,630,630 $3,601,524 $0.07
1992 61,835,897 $3,947,739 $0.06
1993 76,608,916 $4,832,917 $0.06
1994 77,880,630 $4,642,750 $0.06
1995 94,853,634 $5,760,054 $0.06
1996 111,016,104 $6,804,505 $0.06
1997 123,236,252 $7,075,316 $0.06
1998 68,255,041 $4,746,242 $0.07
1999 111,415,907 $7,710,270 $0.07
2000 100,096,801 $6,400,254 $0.06
2001 115,824,675 $7,164,559 $0.06
2002 91,084,618 $6,448,964 $0.07
2003 96,680,581 $7,296,176 $0.08
2004 89,687,487 $7,943,464 $0.09
2005 87,374,650 $9,341,079 $0.11
2006 95,905,704 $10,757,637 $0.11
2007 75,270,656 $8,823,976 $0.12
2008 66,276,569 $8,359,168 $0.13
2009 64,605,734 $7,850,007 $0.12
2010 57,500,777 $8,572,391 $0.15
2011 95,762,893 $14,232,157 $0.15

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

*NOAA. U.S. Fish Facts. Atlantic Herring. http://www.fishwatch.gov/seafood_profiles/species/herring/species_pages/atl_herring.htm (accessed 9/21/2012)

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