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Annual Economic Status Reports from the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluations

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) invites users of the Groundfish and BSAI Crab Economic Status Reports to provide feedback regarding the quality and usefulness of the reports and to make recommendations for improvement. We welcome any and all comments and suggestions, and have developed an online survey to facilitate user feedback:


Groundfish Fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands

The Groundfish Economic Status Report summarizes available economic data about the federal groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands. Published annually as an appendix to the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation reports, the Economic Status Report presents summary statistics on catch, discards, prohibited species catch, ex-vessel and first-wholesale production and value, participation by small entities, and effort in these fisheries.

King and Tanner Crab Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

The BSAI Crab Economic Status Report summarizes available economic information about the commercial crab fisheries managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab, with particular attention to the subset of fisheries included in the Crab Rationalization program. The report includes information on: production, sales, revenue, and price indices in the harvesting and processing sectors; income, employment, and demographics of labor in both sectors; capital and operating expenditures in the fishery; quota share lease and sale market activity; changes in distribution of quota holdings; productivity in the harvesting sector; U.S. imports and exports of king and Tanner crab; price forecasts; performance metrics for catch share programs and other information regarding data collection and ongoing economic and social science research related to the BSAI crab fisheries and related communities.

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