Sustainable fishery resources are worth over $2 billion dollars annually

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Sustainable fisher
y

resources are
worth over $2 billion dollars annually


Gross
Commercial Fishery Values

for
State and Federal W
aters of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 2010


Salmon
1


$


449.8 million

Halibut
2


$



43.3 million

Herring


$



26.6 million

Crab
3



$



236.4 million

Other



$



1.4 million

Groundfish
4



$


1
,580


million




TOTAL

$2
.34 billion


Source:

Terry Hiatt et al. December 2011.

Stock Assessment and Fishery
Evaluation Report for the Groundfish Fisheries
of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Isl
a
nds Area: Economic Status of the Groundfish Fisheries Off Alaska,
2010.
Alaska Fishery Science Center.

Seattle, WA.

See Tables 30 and 31.





1

The renowned sockey
e
, or red salmon, occurs in Bristol Bay and is the
largest wild salmon fishery in the world. Other
salmon fisheries include king, silver, pink and chum and occur throughout the Bering Sea watersheds.


2

The North Aleutian Basin is the nursery for the entire Pacific halibut population
, and is closed to the
halibut fishery
.
D
amage to this area could affect the health of the halibut fishery throughout Alaska.


3

Crab
are
primarily the renowned red

king crab harvested in Bristol
Bay and the wider ranging Opilio, or “snow crab.”


4

Groundfish includes pollock,
Pacific cod, flatfishes, rockfishes, sablefish and Atka mackerel harvested by catcher
processors operating offshore and vessels delivering to shoreside plants.


The
economic figures for the fisheries provided below are
an
assessment of the value of the
fisheries that
could be affected by
offshore
oil and gas development in the North Aleutian Basin Planning Area. These
fisheries were determined to be potentially affected by the impacts of offshore
drilling
based on two criteria:
1)
T
he fisheries take place within or surrounding the Planning Area
,

an
d/or 2)
t
he species that are fished
utilize habitat with
in or surrounding the Planning A
rea

during some of their life stages or migration. The
estimates to not take into account all the species and fisheries that could be affected by transportation routes
for getting oil and gas to market (such as the south side of the Alaska Peninsula). Thus, the total value for
fisheries potentially affected exceeds the numbers presented below.

The impacts of oil and gas development could extend beyond the North Aleutian Basin Planning Area. Offshore
seismic surveys, infrastructure construction and placement, vessel traffic, the discharge of drilling muds and
cuttings, as well as chemical or oil
spills could affect fisheries that occur inside and outside waters designated
for leasing. Oil and gas activities have the potential to cause displacement from fishing grounds, degradation
of fish habitat, as well as lethal and sublethal impacts to fish an
d their prey. Even the perception of a
reduction in the quality of product harvested in the region could drive down prices on the world market.


Further information: Dorothy Childers
,

d
orothy
@
akmarine.org

*


(
907) 277
-
5357
*


www.akmarine.org


Annual Economic Value of Fisheries Potentially Affected by


Offshore Drilling in Bristol Bay and the North Aleutian Basin







F
ebruary 2012