Commercial Fishing


The 2,500 commercial fishing operations in the US harvest fish and shellfish from their natural habitats in fresh water, tidal areas, rivers and oceans. The approximately 300 target species vary by region and require differing methods, vessels and equipment for their catch. Imports currently represent 94% of US consumption of fish and shellfish.

Limits to Prevent Overfishing

Overfishing is the catching and killing of more fish than can naturally be replaced.

Weather Hazards

Fishing is a seasonal job and catch is highest during the summer and fall, as winter fishing is particularly hazardous.