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Economic Impact

Alaska’s seafood industry is integral to the Alaska and U.S. economies.

Harvesters, processors, fuel suppliers, power companies, machinists, shipyards, transportation and grocers are all part of the economic ecosystem supported by the seafood industry. Alaska’s abundant seafood resource provides irreplaceable access to livelihood and food security for Alaskans, Americans, and millions around the world.

The seafood industry directly employs 48,000 workers, including over 17,000 Alaska residents
Commercial fishing and processing businesses pay taxes, fees, and self-assessments of more than $161 million
Alaska seafood adds $15.8 billion to the U.S. economy
Alaska’s seafood industry contributes nearly $6.0 billion to Alaska’s economy
Alaska is the top U.S. seafood producer, producing more wild seafood than all other states combined
Seafood processing is the largest manufacturing sector in Alaska, accounting for 66% in 2022

People Behind the Fish

When you choose Alaska's wild, delicious and healthy seafood, you support the generations of sustainable fishing communities working hard, safely and responsibly to put food on your plate today and for years to come.
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Reporting Value

From jobs to logistical infrastructure, the ASMI Economic Value reports assess, contextualize and communicate the many ways seafood supports our local, regional and global communities.

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