Commercial Fishing

Commercial Fishing


The 2,400 commercial fishing operations in the US harvest fish and shellfish from their natural habitats in fresh water, tidal areas, rivers and oceans. The approximately 500 target species vary by region and require differing methods, vessels and equipment for their catch. Imports currently represent 95% 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.

Growth In Aquaculture

Controlled fish farms are growing in response to rising demand and diminishing availability of commercial fishing harvests.