Unalaska-Dutch Harbor tops nation's fishing ports

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the 13th consecutive year, the Unalaska-Dutch Harbor port has topped the nation with the highest volume of fish landings, officials announced Tuesday.

The Commerce Department and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the port's commercial fleet delivered 834.5 million pounds of fish in 2001. That was an increase of 134 million pounds from the previous year.

However, the port ranked second in terms of the value of fish landed. That honor went to New Bedford, Mass., with $150.5 million worth of fish landed. Dutch Harbor landings were valued at $129.4 million, an increase of $4.5 million from the previous year.

Kodiak was sixth in terms of the amount of fish landed with $285.5 million pounds. That's down from $289.6 million last year.

Kodiak was third in terms of the value of the harvest, which dropped to $74.4 million last year from $94.7 million the previous year.

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