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Economic Impact

Alaska’s seafood industry is the largest private sector employer in the state and 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.

Alaska is the top U.S. seafood producer, producing two-thirds of the nation’s wild seafood harvest in a typical year
The seafood industry directly employs over 62,000 workers, including over 27,000 Alaska residents
The seafood industry brought in over $163 million in revenue for state and local governments in FY2019
Seafood directly employs more workers in Alaska than any other private sector industry
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Alaska’s seafood industry ships approximately one billion pounds of finished product southbound each year
Alaska seafood created $15 billion in economic output and nearly 100,000 jobs nationally in 2019

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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