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Commercial Fishing in Texas

 

Total Texas coastwide landings in 2014 were 74.7 million pounds of seafood, valued at more than $262.6 million. In 2015, there were 80.4 million pounds of seafood, valued at more than $173.4 million. Shrimp accounted for most of the weight and value of all seafood landed.

 
 Top Fishing Ports in Texas 2015
 
Rank Port Pounds (000) Value Dollars (000)
1 Brownsville–Port Isabel 24,700 $ 55,100
2 Galveston 16,400 42,000
3 Palacios 15,400 31,200
4 Port Arthur 13,600 26,900

 

 Top Fishing Ports in U.S. 2015
 
Rank Port Value Dollars (000)
1 New Bedford, MA $ 321,900
2 Dutch Harbor, AK 218,200
3 Kodiak, AK 137,500
4 Aleutian Islands (other), AK 111,300
5 Empire-Venice, LA 110,900
     
18 Brownsville–Port Isabel, TX 55,100

 

oyster boat at Fulton

An oyster boat returns to Fulton. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 Texas Commercial Fishery Landings by Species, 2015
 
Species Pounds Value Dollars
Shrimp, Brown 52,552,655 $ 96,897,374
Shrimp, White 16,644,175 45,591,742
Snapper, Red 2,151,587 9,387,187
Oyster, Eastern 1,582,685 8,232,088
Crab, Blue 3,914,228 5,109,692
Drum, Black 1,812,617 2,003,383
Grouper, Yellowedge 294,524 1,266,425
Snapper, Vermillion 306,820 919,931
Croaker, Atlantic 90,084 745,856
Total, including others 80,356,029 $ 173,418,614

 

 Texas Commercial Fishery Landings by Species, 2014
 
Species Pounds Value Dollars
Shrimp, Brown 43,815,522 $ 149,892,082
Shrimp, White 18,138,963 71,536,722
Oyster, Eastern 4,128,910 19,221,247
Snapper, Red 1,796,837 7,617,401
Shrimp, marine, other 931,745 3,722,431
Crab, Blue 2,234,470 3,050,132
Drum, Black 1,747,264 1,980,566
Grouper, Yellowedge 220,446 938,947
Snapper, Vermillion 202,623 603,801
Total, including others 74,687,129 $ 262,605,432

 

Source: National Ocean Economics Program and National Marine Fisheries Service, 2016. 

 

 

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