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Commercial fishermen unloaded 911.3 million pounds of fish and shellfish at the port of Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska, in 2006, making it the country’s top port for landings in 2006, NOAA Fisheries Service announced today. The port of New Bedford, Mass., claimed the top spot for value of landings, bringing in $281.2 million in 2006. The total domestic commercial landings for 2006 were 9.5 billion pounds, valued at $4 billion.
Dutch Harbor-Unalaska netted the top landings slot for the18th consecutive year, according to NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, beating its 2003 record landing by 2.6 million pounds. Intracoastal City, La., ranked as the number two port for quantity of landings in 2006 with 400.7 million pounds. Reedville, Va., was third at 372.5 million.
The value of landings at New Bedford was $281.2 million, mostly in sea scallops, ocean quahogs, lobster, Atlantic mackerel, flatfish and herring. Dutch Harbor-Unalaska was ranked second in value of landings at $165.2 million, followed by Kodiak, which came in third at $101.4 million, both as a result of improved groundfish catch from the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska.
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