Seafood Restaurants

Mississippi Seafood Restaurants

Seafood restaurants include the retail trade of seafood products by eating and drinking places.

An online list of Mississippi seafood restaurants is posted at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources website. An online directory of registered restaurants is available at the Mississippi MarketMaker website.

Results of a survey of Mississippi seafood restaurants showed that the “leading fish species bought was catfish followed by tilapia, salmon, tuna, and snapper. The second group of fish species purchased by participating seafood restaurants included mahi-mahi, grouper, cobia, red drum, and sea trout. The third cluster of fish species served by the seafood restaurants which participated in the survey included pollock, black drum, cod, mullet, and haddock.”

“Shrimp was the top shellfish species purchased by the participating establishments trailed by oysters, crawfish, scallops, and blue crab. The second cluster of shellfish species purchased by participating seafood restaurants included snow crab, lobsters, squid, mussels, and clams. The third bundle of shellfish species served by the seafood restaurants which participated in the survey included Dungeness crab, king crab, octopus, and roe.”

Sales and Employment Contributions

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

Sales are the gross sales by businesses within the economic region affected by an activity. The total sales contribution consists of direct, indirect, and induced sales. The industry generated an average of more than $112 million in sales contribution per year from 2007 to 2016.

Figure 1. This figure shows the annual sales and job contributions of seafood restaurants in Mississippi since 2006. The source of raw data is NOAA Fisheries.

Employment or job impacts or contributions are projected as a mix of both full-time and part-time jobs. The total employment impact or contribution is the sum of direct, indirect, and induced jobs. The industry generated an average of more than 3,600 jobs per year during the past decade.

The average productivity of workers in the industry in Mississippi can be measured by dividing sales contribution by job contribution. During the past decade, the industry created an average productivity of more than $30,000 per worker per year.


Survey of Seafood Products Handled by Mississippi Restaurants

Know Your Local Seafood Restaurants! 

Employment and Incomes in Restaurants and Other Eating Places in the Gulf of Mexico and the United States

Economic Contribution of Restaurants and Other Eating Places in Mississippi


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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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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.

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