N.J. fishing industry among country’s strongest

A commercial scallop fishing boat enters the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant, N.J.  (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

A commercial scallop fishing boat enters the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant, N.J. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

The New Jersey fishing industry is among the country’s most robust, generating billions in sales in 2016.

That’s according to a report detailing the impact of the commercial and recreational fishing industry released on Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The report, analyzing the industry’s impact by state in 2016, found that nationwide, it generated $212 billion in sales and supported 1.7 million jobs. The commercial industry accounts for the lion’s share of sales at $144 billion.

The highest commercial and recreation sales were in California ($22.8 billion) and Florida ($10.9 billion), respectively.

New Jersey’s commercial and recreational industries ranked fifth in total sales ($8 billion combined) and seventh in jobs (52,000).

The 2016 data is the latest available.

“This report illustrates the depth and breadth of fishing and seafood’s contribution to our country’s economy,” said Chris Oliver, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. “From sustainably harvesting America’s seafood to casting a line in our coastal waters, the economic impacts of commercial and recreational fishing provide a boon to each and every American community.”

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