Seafood Processing

Mississippi Seafood Processing

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

Sales and Employment Economic Impacts

The economic impacts of Mississippi seafood processing since 2006 are shown below. Observe the significant decline in the size of the economic contributions of the industry resulting from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Sales and Jobs Impacts of Mississippi Seafood Processing.

Output or sales is the gross sales by businesses within the economic region affected by an activity. The total economic impact is the sum of direct, indirect and induced impacts. The industry generated more than $101 million total economic impacts in 2012.

Employment or jobs impacts are expressed in terms of a mix of both full-time and part-time jobs. The total economic impact is the sum of direct, indirect and induced impacts. The industry created more than 1,300 jobs in in 2012.


Posadas, Benedict C. Know Your Local Seafood and Catfish Processors! Mississippi MarketMaker Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 8, Apr. 27, 2016.

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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.

Shrimp boats at rest in the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor in Biloxi, Mississippi, Jan. 25, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Seafood Economics July 7, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. -- Wild-caught shrimp contribute millions of dollars to Mississippi’s economy each year, and experts say better flavor gives them a competitive advantage over imported and pond-raised shrimp.

Dave Burrage, Mississippi State University Extension Service fisheries specialist, said consumers who participate in blind taste tests tend to prefer the taste of wild-caught Gulf shrimp over that of pond-raised, imported products.

Mississippi’s shrimp season, which opened June 6, is mostly yielding small brown shrimp. However, hot weather and warmer water in the Gulf is creating ideal growing conditions for the shrimp. (File Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing June 17, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. -- Selling directly to the public takes longer, but it allows fishermen to make some profit from a shrimp season that has been below average so far this year in Mississippi.

Dave Burrage, commercial and recreational fisheries specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said shrimp landed in Mississippi have been small through mid-June.

Low prices and an unusual season are making it difficult for Mississippi fishermen to harvest the state's shrimp crop. (Photo by MSU Extension/Dave Burrage)
Filed Under: Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing July 31, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. -- Mississippi fishermen remain intent on harvesting this year’s shrimp crop in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico despite low prices and a season paused and restarted.

Dave Burrage, Mississippi State University Extension professor of marine resources at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the shrimp season first opened June 3, closed June 19 when shrimp were too small, and then reopened July 13.

“This season has been an anomaly so far,” Burrage said.

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