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Commercial Fishing Industry

Mississippi Commercial Fishing Industry

Commercial Fishing corresponds to Finfish Fishing Shellfish Fishing in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). Finfish fishing comprises establishments primarily engaged in the commercial catching or taking of finfish (e.g., menhaden, redfish, snapper, seatrout, flounder, mullet, sheepshead) from their natural habitat. Shellfish fishing comprises establishments primarily engaged in the commercial catching or taking of shellfish (e.g., blue crab, oyster, shrimp) from their natural habitat.

The annual Mississippi commercial landings of all species combined (in pounds), and landing values (in dollars) since 1950 are shown in the chart below. Recent natural and technological disasters (e.g., Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010) adversely affected annual commercial landings and dockside values. Annual commercial landings averaged 297 million pounds during the last seven years valued at 44 million dollars.

Mississippi commercial landings contributed 3.15 percent of the total domestic U.S. landings from 2014 to 2020. In dockside values, Mississippi added 0.81 percent to U.S. commercial landing values during the same period.  

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Figure 1. This figure shows the annual Mississippi commercial landings of all species combined (in pounds), and landing values (in dollars). The source of raw data is NOAA Fisheries (2022).

The average labor productivity of commercial fishing was measured by dividing the annual commercial landings and dockside values by yearly employment. The employment data consisted of all workers and owners of the commercial fishing units in Mississippi estimated by the Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI). The average fisherman productivity during the past decade amounted to 210,000 pounds per fisherman, which was valued at 31,000 dollars per fisherman.

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Figure 2. This figure shows the average productivity of Mississippi commercial fishermen (in pounds and dollars per fisherman per year).

Output or sales is the gross sales by businesses within the economic region affected by an activity. The total economic contributions are the sum of direct, indirect, and induced contributions. The economic contributions of the Mississippi commercial fishing industry are shown in the figure below. Significant reductions in economic impacts are associated with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Gulf-wide oil spill in 2010. The annual sales contribution of the commercial fishing industry averaged $63 million during the five years.

Employment or job contributions are expressed in terms of a mix of both full-time and part-time jobs. The total economic contributions are the sum of direct, indirect, and induced contributions. The industry created more than 1,150 full-time and part-time jobs per year in the same period.

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Figure 3. This figure shows the annual sales and jobs contributions of Mississippi commercial fishing since 2006. The source of raw data is NOAA Fisheries (2022).

 

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Filed Under: Natural Resources, Marine Resources, Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing March 30, 2022

RAYMOND, Miss. -- For Mississippi’s commercial fishermen, stress is part of daily life, but the typical stressors they face have been intensifying for more than 10 years.

Environmental disasters, global markets, strict fishing regulations and the increasing average age of working fishers is bearing down on the industry, threatening its long-term viability.

All of these factors have Ryan Bradley concerned for the future of the Mississippi fishing industry. So, he is taking action to help fishers stay in the industry and draw young people to the business.

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Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries, Marine Resources, Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing July 25, 2019

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BILOXI, Miss. -- Mississippi State University researchers and Extension Service agents heard suggestions from Coastal area agricultural producers and industry leaders about the research and education they need from the university in 2017.

The MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center Producer Advisory Council meeting was held on Feb. 28 in Biloxi. The annual meeting helps the university allocate time and resources to the most important issues facing Mississippi's agricultural producers and related industries.

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