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 at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources website. An online directory of registered seafood businesses is available at the Mississippi MarketMaker website.
Sales and Employment Contributions
The economic contributions of Mississippi seafood processing since 2006 are shown below. Observe the significant reductions in the size of the economic contributions of the industry resulting from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Output or sales is the gross sales by businesses 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 $78 million in sales contribution per year from 2007 to 2016.
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 1,000 jobs per year during the past decade.
The average productivity of workers in the industry in Mississippi can be measured by dividing total sales contributions by job contributions. During the past decade, the industry generated an average productivity of more than $76,000 per worker per year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.