Although declines in the seafood industry were expected in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NOAA shared its in-depth reporting on the impacts in the report linked below. Among other things, the report documents

  • a decrease in revenue from commercial fishing landings (down 29% for the West Coast and Alaska)
  • a sharp decline in foodservice seafood sales
  • a significant increases in seafood retail sales

According to the report: “As documented herein, the impacts to the seafood industry and for-hire sector were immediate, more severe, and more long-lasting than those incurred in most other sectors of the economy.”

To download the full report or see supporting documentation, click here.