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.  

An online list of Mississippi seafood processors can be viewed on the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources website.

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 2006 are shown below. Observe the significant reductions in the size of the industry's economic contributions resulting from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

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Figure 1. This figure shows the annual sales and jobs contributions of the seafood processing businesses in Mississippi since 2006. The source of raw data is NOAA Fisheries (2022).

Output or sales are businesses' gross sales within the economic region affected by an activity. The total economic impact or contribution consists of direct, indirect, and induced effects. The industry generated an average of more than $81 million in sales contribution per year from 2014 to 2018.

Employment or job impacts or contributions are measured as a mix of both full-time and part-time jobs. The total economic impact or contribution is the sum of direct, indirect, and induced effects. The industry created an average of more than 970  jobs per year during the same period.

The average productivity of workers in the industry in Mississippi can be measured by dividing total sales contributions by total job contributions. During the past five 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.

Seafood Processing Employment and Incomes in the Gulf of Mexico and the United States.

Know Your Local Seafood and Catfish Processors!

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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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