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Economic Status Reports for Groundfish Fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands

Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma), image courtesy of AFSCThe 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.

Current and and previous reports are available for download in PDF format. Note that the report title refers to the year of publication, and each report provides data on activity through the end of the year prior to publication. For example, the 2014 Groundfish Economic Status Report provides data through year 2013.

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We invite users to provide feedback regarding the quality and usefulness of the report and recommendations for improvement. We welcome any and all comments and suggestions for improvements to the Economic Status Report, and have developed an online survey to facilitate user feedback:


Data Time Series for Tables in the Groundfish Economic Status Report (CSV format)

Download all CSVs and documentation as a .zip file

Time series data are available in .csv format for the core groundfish reporting tables (Tables 1-40) in the SAFE. Data may be downloaded for all tables as a .zip file or for individual tables by selecting from the links below. Please refer to the most recent Groundfish Economic Status Report for data sources and notes on using and interpreting these data.

The core reporting tables were revised substantially in the 2017 version of the SAFE. Data files and documentation corresponding to the 2016 version of report are also available for download here as a .zip file.

These files were last updated 02/05/18. Data are available through the 2016 calendar year and reflect the status of data sources as of October 2017.

Table number (2017 report numbering) Table name File
1 Groundfish catch in the commercial fisheries of Alaska by area and species (1,000 metric tons, round weight) gftotcatch_ak
2 Groundfish retained catch off Alaska by area, vessel type, gear and species (1,000 metric tons, round weight) gfretcatch_ak
3 Catch and real ex-vessel value of the domestic commercial fisheries off Alaska by species group and area calculations based on COAR (1,000 metric tons and $ millions) rexvval_ak
4 Production and real gross value of groundfish and non-groundfish products in the commercial fisheries off Alaska by species group and area of processing (1,000 metric tons product weight and $ millions) rwslval_ak
5 Discards and discard rates for groundfish catch off Alaska by area, gear, and species (1,000 metric tons, round weight) discards_ak
6 Prohibited species catch (PSC) by species, area and gear (metric tons (t) or number in 1,000s) psc_ak
7 Ex-vessel value of the groundfish catch off Alaska by area, residency, and species; calculations based on COAR ($ millions) exvvalresid_ak
8 Number of vessels that caught groundfish off Alaska by area, residency, gear, and target nvesresid_ak
9 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands groundfish retained catch by vessel type, gear and species (1,000 metric tons, round weight) retcatch_bsai
10 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands groundfish retained catch by species, gear, and target fishery (1,000 metric tons, round weight) retcatchtarget_bsai
11 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands ex-vessel prices in the groundfish fisheries by gear, and species; calculations based on COAR ($/lb, round weight) exvprc_bsai
12 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands ex-vessel value of the groundfish catch by vessel category, gear, and species; calculations based on COAR ($ millions) exvval_bsai
13 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands vessel and permit counts, ex-vessel value, value per vessel, and pecent value of BSAI FMP groundfish and all BSAI fisheries by fleet; calculations based on COAR ($ millions) exvstats_bsai
14 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands production of groundfish products by species (1,000 metric tons product weight) wslprd_bsai
15 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands gross value of groundfish products by species ($ million) wslval_bsai
16 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands price per pound of groundfish products by species and processing mode ($/lb) wslprc_bsai
17 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands total product value per round metric ton of retained catch by processor type, species, and year ($/mt) wslunitval_bsai
18 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands number of processors, gross product value, value per processor, and percent value of BSAI FMP groundfish of processed groundfish by processor group ($ millions) wslstats_bsai
19 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands number of vessels, average and median length, and average and median capacity (tonnage) of vessels that caught groundfish by vessel type, and gear vesstats_bsai
20 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands number of vessels that caught groundfish by month, vessel type, and gear nvesmonth_bsai
21 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands catcher vessel (excluding catcher-processors) weeks of fishing groundfish by vessel-length class (feet), gear, and target. cvfishingweeks_bsai
22 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands catcher/processor vessel weeks of fishing groundfish by vessel-length class (feet), gear, and target. cpfishingweeks_bsai
23 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands catcher vessel crew weeks in the groundfish fisheries by month. cvcrewweeks_bsai
24 Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands at-sea processor vessel crew weeks in the groundfish fisheries by month. cpcrewweeks_bsai
25 Gulf of Alaska groundfish retained catch by vessel type, gear, and species (1,000 metric tons, round weight) retcatch_goa
26 Gulf of Alaska groundfish retained catch by species, gear, and target fishery (1,000 metric tons, round weight) retcatchtarget_goa
27 Gulf of Alaska ex-vessel prices in the groundfish fisheries by gear, and species; calculations based on COAR ($/lb, round weight) exvprc_goa
28 Gulf of Alaska ex-vessel value of the groundfish catch by vessel category, gear, and species; calculations based on COAR ($ millions) exvval_goa
29 Gulf of Alaska vessel and permit counts, ex-vessel value, value per vessel, and percent value of GOA FMP groundfish and all GOA fisheries by processor group; calculations based on COAR ($ millions) exvstats_goa
30 Gulf of Alaska production of groundfish products by species (1,000 metric tons product weight) wslprd_goa
31 Gulf of Alaska gross value of groundfish products by species ($ million) wslval_goa
32 Gulf of Alaska price per pound of groundfish products by species ($/lb) wslprc_goa
33 Gulf of Alaska total product value per round metric ton of retained catch by species and year ($/mt) wslunitval_goa
34 Gulf of Alaska number of catcher processors, gross product value, value per processor, and percent value of GOA FMP groundfish of processed groundfish by processor group ($ millions) wslstats_goa
35 Gulf of Alaska number of vessels, average and median length, and average and median capacity (tonnage) of vessels that caught groundfish by vessel type, and gear vesstats_goa
36 Gulf of Alaska number of vessels that caught groundfish by month, vessel type, and gear nvesmonth_goa
37 Gulf of Alaska Catcher vessel (excluding catcher-processors) weeks of fishing groundfish by vessel-length class (feet), gear, and target cvfishingweeks_goa
38 Gulf of Alaska catcher/processor vessel weeks of fishing groundfish by vessel-length class (feet), gear, and target cpfishingweeks_goa
39 Gulf of Alaska catcher vessel crew weeks in the groundfish fisheries by month cvcrewweeks_goa
40 Gulf of Alaska at-sea processor vessel crew weeks in the groundfish fisheries by month cpcrewweeks_goa

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