Oregon’s commercial marine fisheries contribute to local, state, and regional economies by providing a source of jobs and revenue to seafood harvesters, buyers, and processors. In a report for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), ECONorthwest estimated the economic contributions of Oregon’s commercial marine fishing industry to the state’s economy. In addition to the economic contributions analysis, the report documented industry trends and other economic benefits of Oregon’s commercial marine fishing industry.
To describe the economic contributions of Oregon’s commercial marine fisheries, ECONorthwest worked with ODFW and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to obtain data on landings, employment, and operations spending. These data were applied to economic input-output models developed by NOAA for analyzing how commercial fisheries interact with regional economies. The economic contributions were reported statewide, by coastal port group, and by fish species group.
In addition to analyzing the economic contributions, the report described a broader role that Oregon’s marine commercial fishing has in supporting exports, sustainable fishery management, coastal tourism, and quality of life. For example, having access to fresh Oregon seafood increases the quality of life for Oregonians who expect fresh seafood to be available locally. Maintaining a robust commercial fishing industry allows Oregon’s fishing heritage to continue while also providing jobs and income to Oregonians.
View the report here.