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Data Tables and Figures

On The Hook: Commercial Fishing Reaps Billions: Data Tables and Figures

March 2, 2009

Summary Data

Detailed subsidy data

 

Total U.S. fisheries subsidies, by program

Fishing subsidy program Subsidy value 1996-2004 (million US$) Fraction of total (%) Funding source(s)
Total 6,416 100% 79% 21%
Fuel subsidies 2,825 44 x x
Fisheries research 2,536 40 x x
State sales tax exemptions 338 5   x
Disaster aid 257 4 x x
Fishing access payments 159 2 x  
Surplus fish purchases 117 2 x  
Capital Construction Fund 65 1 x  
Seafood marketing 61 1 x  
Vessel/permit buybacks 55 1 x  
Fisheries Finance Program 2 <1 x  
Fishermen's Contingency Fund 1 <1 x  

 

U.S. fisheries subsidies, by program and year

Fishing subsidy program Subsidy value (million US$)
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Total 697.3 702.5 701.5 736.9 741.4 705.9 682.7 756.6 691.6
Fuel subsidies 325.0 336.3 308.1 316.3 303.5 308.8 303.2 303.9 319.8
Fisheries research 281.8 281.8 281.8 281.8 281.8 281.8 281.8 281.8 281.8
State sales tax exemptions 43.3 45.2 37.7 41.1 36.8 36.1 34.6 31.9 31.9
Disaster aid 0 0 9.9 53.8 45.5 47.3 10.9 89.9 0
Fishing access payments 18.4 18.0 17.8 17.4 16.8 16.3 16.1 18.2 19.7
Surplus fish purchases 14.4 1.7 15.1 11.7 32.3 6.1 12.3 9.5 13.7
Capital Construction Fund 9.8 8.3 7.7 10.9 7.0 6.0 6.9 5.9 2.6
Seafood marketing 4.3 4.8 4.1 3.8 3.1 2.9 3.2 15.2 19.1
Vessel/permit buybacks 0 6.0 19.0 0 14.4 0.0 13.3 0 2.7
Fisheries Finance Program 0.2 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.2
Fishermen's Contingency Fund 0.3 < 0.1 0 0 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2

 

Regional distribution of U.S. fisheries subsidies

Fishing subsidy program Subsidy value (million US$, 1996-2004)
Western Pacific Alaska Northern Atlantic Southern Atlantic Pacific Northwest California Gulf Coast
Total 508.3 420.0 283.4 196.0 159.9 145.2 80.6
State fuel subsidies 230.1 100.0 121.4 100.1 104.8 83.4 4.0
State sales tax exemptions 104.3 0 108.9 58.0 19.7 47.6 0
Disaster aid 9.1 161.9 22.9 27.6 3.9 2.1 29.7
Fishing access payments 158.7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Surplus fish purchases 0 50.6 1.4 6.6 5.0 8.4 44.5
Capital Construction Fund 5.6 34.2 13.3 1.5 5.6 3.6 1.1
Seafood marketing 0 51.3 0.3 2.2 1.6 0.1 0.1
Vessel/permit buybacks 0 21.8 14.4 0 19.3 0 0
Fisheries Finance Program 0.6 0.3 0.8 0 0 < 0.1 0.1
Fishermen's Contingency Fund 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1.2

 

Fish species distribution of U.S. fisheries subsidies

Fishing subsidy program Subsidy value (million US$, 1996-2004)
Salmon Tuna Groundfish Shellfish¹ Other
Total 200.6 189.2 187.5 118.3 17.7
Capital Construction Fund 5.9 3.5 24.7 24.1 6.4
Fisheries Finance Program < 0.1 2.3 0.2 0.6 0.5
Disaster aid 79.4 4.5 96.4 71.5 5.4
Vessel/permit buybacks 7.1 0 45.9 2.4 0
Surplus fish purchases 95.8 17.4 0 0 0
Seafood marketing 0.1 0 0 0.1 0.3
Fishing access payments 0 158.7 0 0 0

¹Category includes abalone (Haliotidae), clams (primarily Mactridae and Arcticidae), crab, lobster, octopus (Octopodidae), oysters (Ostreidae), scallops (Pectinidae), sea cucumbers (primarily Holothuridae and Stichopodidae), sea urchins (Echinoidea), shrimp, and squid (primarily Loliginidae), plus additional species that might be captured within NOAA's general "shellfish" category.

 

State fuel subsidy breakdown

State Subsidy value 1996-2004 (US$)
Total 743,611,000
Alaska 99,946,000
Oregon 40,280,000
Washington 64,483,000
California 83,370,000
Maine 32,827,000
New Hampshire 2,176,000
Massachusetts 34,927,000
Rhode Island 24,051,000
Connecticut 3,186,000
New York 8,108,000
New Jersey 16,075,000
Delaware 0
Maryland 9,764,000
Virginia 56,600,000
North Carolina 25,321,000
South Carolina 1,686,000
Georgia 657,000
Florida 22,806,000
Hawaii 3,980,000
Texas 13,122,000
Lousianna 171,032,000
Mississippi 25,768,000
Alabama 3,446,000

 

State sales tax exemption breakdown

State Subsidy value 1996-2004 (US$)
Total 338,410,000
Alabama 966,000
Alaska 0
California 47,559,000
Connecticut 2,333,000
Delaware 0
Florida 10,351,000
Georgia 41,000
Hawaii 0
Louisiana 83,881,000
Maine 26,008,000
Maryland 2,456,000
Massachusetts 29,332,000
Mississippi 6,702,000
New Hampshire 0
New Jersey 31,048,000
New York 4,612,000
North Carolina 21,202,000
Oregon 0
Rhode Island 15,549,000
South Carolina 275,000
Texas 5,093,000
Virginia 31,304,000
Washington 19,698,000

 

Tuna Access Agreement

State U.S. Government Payments Fishing Industry Payments
Total $158,673,554 $41,686,859
1996 $18,442,345 $5,269,242
1997 $18,028,685 $5,151,053
1998 $17,752,172 $5,072,049
1999 $17,368,571 $4,962,449
2000 $16,803,740 $4,801,069
2001 $16,338,814 $4,668,233
2002 $16,084,514 $4,595,575
2003 $18,159,911 $3,884,723
2004 $19,694,801 $3,282,467

 

 

Please note that tables for Buyback Program, Disaster aid, Seafood marketing, Fisheries Contingency Fund and Surplus Fish Purchase are not located on the page you are currently seeing. Please click the links to view these tables.