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MARYLAND AT A GLANCE

SEAFOOD

PRODUCTION


[photo, Red and yellow crab pots (traps), Chesapeake Beach, Maryland] A prominent producer and processor of seafood, Maryland is a national leader in supplying blue crabs and soft clams. The Chesapeake Bay provides 50 percent of the total blue crab harvest in the United States. Each year, the Maryland seafood industry contributes some $600 million to the State's economy. Annual commercial landings have averaged 56.9 million pounds since 2000. Important commercial species, besides blue crabs, include striped bass, oysters, soft clams, flounder, perch, spot, croaker, catfish, sea trout, and bluefish.

Red & yellow crab pots (traps), Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, December 2002. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


[photo, Yellow crab pots (traps), Chesapeake Beach, Maryland] Within the Department of Natural Resources, the Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission promotes increased distribution and consumption of Maryland seafood.

Yellow crab pots (traps), Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, December 2002. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


COMMERCIAL LANDINGS

2013

Blue Crabs* 24,179,216 lbs.
Striped Bass 2,018,231 lbs.
Eastern Oysters 787,889 lbs.
Clams or Bivalves*** 607,104 lbs.
Total 27,592,440 lbs.

DOCKSIDE VALUE

2013

Blue Crabs* $49,955,586
Striped Bass $9,930,965
Eastern Oysters $7,356,746
Clams or Bivalves** $359,040
Total $67,602,337


COMMERCIAL LANDINGS

2009

2010

2011

2012

Blue Crabs* 38,800,803 lbs. 66,611,031 lbs. 50,019,015 lbs. 42,690,146 lbs.
Striped Bass 2,812,222 lbs. 2,548,794 lbs. 2,343,753 lbs. 2,524,181 lbs.
Eastern Oysters** 497,980 lbs. 430,001 lbs.
Clams or Bivalves*** 6,291,808 lbs. 6,939,580 lbs. 3,012,672 lbs. 1,905,632 lbs.
Total 66,818,584 lbs. 102,916,267 lbs.

DOCKSIDE VALUE

2009

2010

2011

2012

Blue Crabs* $52,049,315 $66,611,031 $50,019,015 $59,369,462
Striped Bass $5,180,445 $5,530,826 $5,610,231 $6,898,085
Eastern Oysters $3,849,000 $4,361,463
Clams or Bivalves** $4,402,816 $5,200,043 $1,924,384 $1,365,088
Total $75,892,194 $104,881,868


COMMERCIAL LANDINGS

2005

2006

2007

2008

Blue Crabs* 34,914,000 lbs. 29,446,000 lbs. 30,784,000 lbs. 34,872,000 lbs.
Finfish & Other 25,000,000 lbs. 12,719,000 lbs. 21,785,000 lbs. 18,773,000 lbs.
Eastern Oysters 738,000 lbs. 274,000 lbs. 317,000 lbs. 249,000 lbs.
Clams or Bivalves 6,112,000 lbs. 7,756,000 lbs. 7,947,000 lbs. 8,600,000 lbs.
Total 67,489,000 lbs. 51,226,000 lbs. 61,813,000 lbs. 63,692,000 lbs.

DOCKSIDE VALUE

2005

2006

2007

2008

Blue Crabs* $39,962,000 $31,141,000 $41,700,000 $50,115,000
Finfish & Other $10,766,000 $9,896,000 $12,410,000 $11,300,000
Eastern Oysters $3,435,000 $1,238,000 $3,146,000 $2,277,000
Clams or Bivalves $4,784,000 $4,889,000 $5,074,000 $5,436,000
Total $63,754,000 $53,579,000 $65,609,000 $73,434,000


COMMERCIAL LANDINGS

2001

2002

2003

2004

Crabs* 25,933,000 lbs. 26,481,000 lbs. 27,816,000 lbs. 33,826,000 lbs.
Finfish & Other 16,089,000 lbs. 15,275,000 lbs. 13,468,000 lbs. 8,055,000 lbs.
Eastern Oysters 1,274,000 lbs. 567,000 lbs. 159,000 lbs. 43,000 lbs.
Clams or Bivalves 11,911,000 lbs. 10,663,000 lbs. 7,527,000 lbs. 7,270,000 lbs.
Total 55,539,000 lbs. 53,185,000 lbs. 49,350,000 lbs. 49,509,000 lbs.

DOCKSIDE VALUE

2001

2002

2003

2004

Crabs* $34,681,000 $30,338,000 $34,532,000 $39,104,000
Finfish & Other $8,574,000 $8,135,000 $8,095,000 $4,670,000
Eastern Oysters $3,789,000 $2,172,000 $706,000 $181,000
Clams or Bivalves $8,073,000 $8,002,000 $5,170,000 $4,654,000
Total $55,591,000 $49,013,000 $49,038,000 $49,200,000


COMMERCIAL LANDINGS

1997

1998

1999

2000

Crabs* 41,306,361 lbs. 26,218,865 lbs. 32,124,202 lbs. 21,661,198 lbs.
Finfish 14,970,099 lbs. 15,671,683 lbs. 15,790,185 lbs. 12,550,847 lbs.
Oysters 1,507,850 lbs. 2,452,291 lbs. 2,464,032 lbs. 2,365,160 lbs.
Soft Clams 252,231 lbs. 227,936 lbs. 147,930 lbs. 169,280 lbs.
Total 58,036,541 lbs. 44,570,775 lbs. 50,526,349 lbs. 36,746,485 lbs.

DOCKSIDE VALUE

1997

1998

1999

2000

Crabs* $37,860,607 $30,628,487 $34,519,954 $30,088,219
Finfish $7,964,519 $8,558,511 $9,154,378 $7,457,195
Oysters $4,709,785 $7,599,078 $6,952,100 $7,154,260
Soft Clams $1,680,477 $1,532,017 $1,010,636 $1,378,284
Total $52,215,388 $48,318,093 $51,637,068 $46,077,958

*Includes soft shell crabs.
**the Office of Science and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric did not report oyster figures in 2011 or 2012.
***Due to reclassification of data collection beginning in 2011, statistics reflect only landings for Atlantic Surf clam, the largest landed single species reported by the Office of Science and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Source, 1997-2000: Fisheries Service, Department of Natural Resources
Source, 2001-2009: Office of Science & Technology, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration


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