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Economic Contribution of Oregon’s Commercial Marine Fisheries

Oregon’s commercial marine fisheries contribute to local, state, and regional economies by providing a source of jobs and revenue to seafood harvesters, buyers, and processors, as well as additional economic activity associated with fishery spending. This report provides an update on the economic impacts of commercial marine fishing and seafood processing activity to Oregon for the 2016 and 2017 fishing seasons.

Oregon Commercial and Recreational Fishing Industry Economic Activity Coastwide and in Proximity to Marine Reserve Sites for Years 2016 and 2017

This report was prepared for the Marine Reserve Program (MR Program), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). The MR Program is responsible for monitoring the effects from establishing five marine reserve areas (MR's) in the Oregon Territorial Sea (TS). The information in this report updates information about overall trends in the Oregon fishing industry, and more specifically, describes the nearshore fisheries that would most likely be affected by MR management.

The three summary sections discuss trends and economic contributions for Oregon commercial, marine recreational, and nearshore fisheries. The economic contributions are expressed as generated household income which includes the multiplier effect. All prices, harvest revenue, and economic contributions are expressed in 2017 dollars, except where noted otherwise. Landing volume is expressed in round pound equivalents.

Oregon’s Commercial Fishing Industry: 2016 Brief

Oregon commercial onshore harvests were valued at $144.1 million in 2016, which is up somewhat from the $137.7M in 2015 but below the previous 5-year average ($154.4M). There were 1,051 different vessels making a total of 27,365 landings to Oregon ports in 2016. These landings summed to 225.4 million pounds of fish (209.9M lbs in 2015; 5-year average 291M). Newport and Astoria were the top ports in terms of both volume and value, each with about 1/3 of Oregon’s total onshore harvest value. The highest value fisheries were Dungeness crab ($51.3M), pink shrimp ($25.1M), groundfish ($16.8M; not including sablefish and whiting), and sablefish ($15.1M). The closure of the Pacific sardine directed fishery continued. Overall, the Oregon commercial fishing industry generated an estimated $544M in household income in 2016, about half of which comes from distant fisheries (e.g., Alaska fisheries, at-sea fisheries). This brief provides short descriptions of the fisheries and industry economic contributions.

Oregon’s Commercial Fishing Industry: 2015 Brief

The value of 2015 Oregon commercial onshore harvests was $136.2 million, which is down from $160.3 million in 2014 and the lower harvest value since 2010. There were 1,129 different vessels that made a total of 27,021 landings to Oregon ports in 2015. These landings summed to 209.9 million pounds of fish (302.9 million pounds in 2014). The median revenue for active vessels (those with harvest revenue more than $500) was $25,183, a marked decrease from the $36,472 in 2014. Contributions from onshore landings to Oregon’s economy were $205 million in 2015. The highest value fisheries were pink shrimp, Dungeness crab, and groundfish (not including sablefish and whiting). This brief provides short descriptions of the fisheries, fleets, processors, markets, and industry economic contributions.

Oregon’s Commercial Fishing Industry: Review of 2013 and 2014

Overall, 2013 and 2014 were very good years for the commercial fishing industry. There were 349.4 and 300.4 million pounds of fish delivered to Oregon ports in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The harvest value of all Oregon onshore landings (also known as ex-vessel value) in 2013 was $180.0 million, a 43-year high. That value decreased modestly in 2014 to $156.1 million, but was still well above the average of the last five years ($122.9 million). For both years, the highest value fisheries were Dungeness crab, Pacific shrimp, groundfish, and whiting. Contributions from onshore landings to Oregon’s economy were robust--$366 million in 2013 and $293 million in 2014. An additional $285 million in economic contributions came from distant water fisheries each year. Regarding fleet size, there was a total of 929 active vessels with an Oregon home port in 2014. This report provides descriptions of harvest, fleets, processors, distant water fisheries, industry local and state level economic contributions, and current issues facing the industry.

Oregon Marine Recreational Fisheries Economic Contributions in 2013 and 2014

This study details the economic contributions of recreational fisheries in Oregon's coastal area--defined as the ocean, bays/estuaries, and freshwater west of the Coast Range, including the Lower Columbia River. In terms of total recreational angling trips, there were approximately 1.4 million in 2013 and 1.5 million in 2014. The number of trips have increased steadily in recent years, but are still below the totals seen in the early 2000s. These recreational fisheries contribute substantially to coastal economies. Fishing trip spending generated $66.7 million in 2013 and $68.9 million in 2014 in personal income for local coastal communities. These numbers include fishing effort for both resident and nonresident anglers, who targeted salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and marine finfish (halibut, tuna, bottomfish, and other species).

Economic SurveyHow important are hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing to Oregon?

In 2008 alone, Oregonians and visitors spent $2.5 billion dollars on fishing, hunting, shellfishing and wildlife viewing activities and equipment.

Find out how and where that money was spent at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Economic Survey website.

The Selected findings describe the significance of fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and shellfish harvest throughout the state. Details includeed are: travel-generated and local recreation expenditures statewide, by travel region, and for each of its 36 counties; trip number estimates for each of the nine travel regions; and travel characteristics at the statewide level.


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