Seafood Processing

Mississippi Seafood Processing

Seafood processing primarily corresponds to “seafood canning” and “fresh and frozen seafood processing.” It involves plants engaged in the primary wholesale and processing of seafood products.

An online list of Mississippi seafood dealers can be viewed on the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources website: species and level of trade group them.

An online directory of registered seafood businesses is available on the Mississippi MarketMaker website.

Sales and Employment Contributions

The major seafood species processed in Mississippi include catfish, shrimp, oysters, blue crabs, and other food fish species. In addition, menhaden are processed into fish meal and oil.

The economic contributions of Mississippi seafood processing since 2014 are shown below. Output or sales are businesses' gross sales within the economic region affected by an activity. The total economic contribution consists of direct, indirect, and induced effects. The seafood processing industry generated more than $123 million in sales contribution in 2019.

Employment or job contributions are measured as a mix of full-time and part-time jobs. The total economic contribution is the sum of direct, indirect, and induced effects. The seafood processing industry created almost 1,400 jobs in 2019.

Figure 1. This figure shows the annual sales and job contributions of the seafood processing businesses in Mississippi since 2014. The source of raw data is NOAA Fisheries (2022).

The average productivity of workers in the seafood processing industry in Mississippi can be measured by dividing total sales contributions by total job contributions. During the past six years, seafood processing generated average productivity of more than $84,000 per worker per year.

Mississippi MarketMaker

Number, Wages, Salaries, Earnings, and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Seafood Processing Workers and Owners

Economic Contribution of Seafood Processing in Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts

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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 September 18, 2019

LAPLACE, La. -- Heavy rainfall and snowmelt from the Midwest in 2019 led to three major firsts in the Bonnet Carré Spillway’s history, resulting in a massive influx of fresh water that caused adverse effects on marine life and seafood industries across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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

While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing the Bonnet Carré Spillway this week, economic impacts of its months-long opening are expected to be felt in the seafood industry for years to come.

Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Green Industry, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables, Corn, Cotton, Nuts, Peanuts, Soybeans, Equine, Goats and Sheep, Poultry, Lawn and Garden, Forestry, Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing March 7, 2018

ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University representatives met with agricultural clients in Ellisville recently to discuss research and education needs for 2018. More than 115 individuals attended this year's event.

Filed Under: Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Beef, Beekeeping, Forestry, Seafood Economics March 3, 2017

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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