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New Bedford earns the title of highest value port for 19th straight year


For the 19th straight year, New Bedford earned the title for highest-value port with a harbor value of $431 million, more than double the value of the next most-valuable port of Naknek, Alaska, which was worth $195 million.

The nation’s highest-volume fishery, Alaska pollock, was sixth in value in 2018, with an ex-vessel value of $451 million. The second highest-volume fishery, menhaden, was tenth in terms of value, coming in at $161 million.

NOAA Fisheries reports that the production of both wild-capture and aquaculture was down in the U.S. in 2018, while the value of both sectors increased.

In terms of fishery value, the most valuable fishery in the United States was the lobster fishery. The fishery’s value was, in 2018, $684 million.

Full details here.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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One comment

  1. This is a joke. It’s fun to brag about, but basically NONE of that money stays in the city.

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