Seafood industry boosts Oregon

Seafood industry boosts Oregon

The seafood processing industry is growing in Oregon, with the state exporting $11.8 million of seafood in just the first four months of 2013.

Oregon has about two dozen employers and 1,200 employees turning slimy fish and armored crustaceans into succulent seafood ready for cooking. Commercial fishers landed about 307 million pounds of fish and shellfish in Oregon in 2012, nearly 80 pounds per Oregonian. This haul had a dockside value of $128 million, making 2012 the second-best year of the past decade. Fishermen sold a small portion of the harvest off their vessels or at markets directly to consumers. Most, however, was sold to processors and buyers who then exported or sold to wholesalers, retailers, restaurants and consumers.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.