warm autumn kept commercial fishermen catching and selling shrimp up to New
Year’s Eve last year, boosting 2016 shrimp landings to the highest since the
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program began in
overall, the 60 million pounds of finfish and shellfish commercial fishermen
caught and sold at the docks was a 9 percent decrease from 2015. The total
estimated dockside value of $94 million was about $700,000 short of the 2015
2016 landings were higher than the five-year average of 59 million pounds, and
the five-year average value of $86 million.
Trip Ticket Program collects commercial fishing landings statistics through
legislatively-mandated reporting of all fisherman to dealer
usual, hard blue crabs topped the list of species landed (24.7 million pounds),
followed by shrimp (13.2 million pounds), spiny dogfish (2.3 million pounds),
Atlantic croaker (2.1 million pounds) and summer flounder (2.1 million pounds).
shrimp landings in 2016 increased by 45 percent to 13.2 million pounds, which
had an estimated dockside value of $28 million. Shrimp landings were good all
year; fishermen exceeded 2015 monthly landings in every month of 2016, except
June and July. In December, dealers purchased 1.7 million pounds of shrimp from
fishermen, which was 341 percent more than was purchased in December
increase in annual shrimp landings was accompanied by an 18.7 percent increase
in overall shrimp fishing trips in 2016. Also, landings from state ocean waters
north of Cape Hatteras greatly increased in 2016 – nearly 11,000 percent over
the previous year. Reports from dealers indicated an unusual abundance of shrimp
in these northern, nearshore waters.
of tilefish, spotted seatrout, squid and black drum also increased.
landings of blue crabs dropped by 21 percent from 2015 landings, bringing it
back in line with the five-year average of around 25.7 million pounds. Landings
of hard blue crabs decreased by 20.4 percent, landings of soft blue crabs
decreased by 25.1 percent and landings of peeler blue crabs decreased by 36.9
overall oyster landings increased 3.6 percent in 2016, the higher landings came
from a 99 percent jump in landings from private leases. Public bottom landings
dropped by 25 percent, possibly impacted by various environmental conditions
leading to lower reproduction and growth over the past few years, as well as
more shellfish water closures.
can fluctuate from year-to year based on many factors, including environmental
conditions, market changes and fishing effort.
a full landings report, click on the 2016 Annual Fisheries Bulletin link here.