Commercial Fishing and Fisheries
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National Fisherman Magazine
Monthly trade publication features national and regional coverage of all aspects of commercial fishing and the construction of fishing boats for vessel owners, captains, and operators, with topics covered in various issues of this publication including business news and operations, regulatory activities, fish stocks and prices, the latest in vessel and equipment technology, and trade events and conferences.
NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Department of Commerce
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FishWatch: Wild Harvested Profiles
Online resource provides information on over 90 finfish, shellfish, and other marine species, with data provided for each individual species including fishery management responsibility by geographic region, annual harvest statistics, current population status, primary fishery location(s), habitat characteristics, physical description and biological characteristics of the species, and continuing research programs.
Fisheries of the United States
Annual yearbook publication provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of the commercial fisheries industry in the U.S., with statistical data provided in the commercial fishery landings section including domestic landings by species, disposition of domestic landings, landings by region and state, landings and value at major U.S. ports, and landings by distance off of U.S. shores and in international waters.
Fisheries Economics of the U.S.
Annual publication provides a ten-year trend analysis for commercial fisheries activities in the U.S., with data provided on a national and regional basis including the economic impact of commercial harvesters in terms of employment, sales, income, and value added; total landings; landings of finfish and shellfish; landings of key species and groups; and average annual ex-vessel prices for key species and groups.
U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization: Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Publications available from this organization include:
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture
Biennial report analyzes current conditions and trends in the capture fisheries and aquaculture sectors on a global basis, with topics covered in the report including capture fisheries production, aquaculture, fishermen and fish farmers, status of the fishing fleet, status of fishery resources, seafood utilization and processing, seafood trade and commodities, seafood consumption, and governance and policy
FAO Yearbook: Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics
Annual publication provides a statistical overview of the capture fisheries and aquaculture sectors on a global basis, with topics covered in the report including world capture production of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and other aquatic species; capture production by principal producers; capture production by principal species and groups of species; number of fishing vessels; and capture fisheries employment.
Commercial Fishing Industry
Global outlook report provides an overview of the commercial fisheries industry, with topics covered in the report including world fisheries overview, capture fisheries, aquaculture, market trends and issues, product overview, seafood consumption and supply, market dynamics, the role of technology, organic aquaculture production, regulatory issues, strategic developments, and regional market perspective.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
Fishing / Finfish / Shellfish
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- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
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Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for firms in this sector that are primarily engaged in harvesting finfish, shellfish, and other marine species for commercial sale, with major finfish products including pollock, menhaden, salmon, flatfish, and cod, and major shellfish products including crabs, scallops, shrimp, and lobsters.
Compensation and Salary Surveys
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information resources available from this organization include:
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
Occupational outlook handbook provides job outlook and wage information for personnel employed in this occupational category, with duties performed by these personnel including steering the ship and operating its navigational instruments; supervising crew operations; deploying nets, traps, and lines; hauling in the catch; and sorting, packing, and storing the catch in holding tanks or refrigeration units.
Occupational Employment Survey - Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this occupational category on a national, state, and major metropolitan area basis, with industries reported separately in the survey including seafood product preparation and packaging, scenic and sightseeing water transportation, federal government executive branch, and state governments.
Business Valuation Resources
Fish & Seafood Markets
Fish & Seafood Processing
Food Distributors & Wholesalers
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