Fishing is big business for every major coastal town on the Oregon coast. And no wonder! There are an amazing number of products available such as crab, clams, cod, halibut, albacore, shrimp, rockfish, salmon, oysters, tuna, squid, sea urchins, trout, with farmed carp, tilapia, catfish, cod, kelp/seaweed, and various types of algae. 1 2
These products are harvested by approximately 1,310 commercial fishers in 2018. 3 The commercial fishing industry along our coast has come a long way. Commercial salmon fisheries along the south coast were developed in the 1860's. These fisheries supported early salmon-canning businesses in places such as Gold Beach and several other more northern beach towns. Sports fishing came along later to become a mainstay for south coast cities such as Gold Beach and Brookings.
Since 2010, Oregon harvests have been averaging $151 million (2018 dollars) per year (adjusted for inflation). In 2018, the total landed value increased to $173 million, up from $148 million in 2017. Like many other sectors, the marine sector faces labor shortages. Nearly all of the commercial employment in Oregon occurs in Clatsop, Lincoln, Coos, Curry, and Tillamook counties. In 2018 the overall revenue jumped 17 percent, even though landed volume was up only 4 percent for the year. 3
1 “Development of the Coastal Economy, Farming and Fishing”. https://bit.ly/2KX8I1b
2 “Fishing industry facts for kids” https://kids.kiddle.co/Fishing_industry
3 Oregon’s Commercial Fishing in 2018 https://www.qualityinfo.org/-/oregon-s-commercial-fishing-in-2018
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