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Seafood Catch in Abundance in 2011, But Not in 2012


CRISFIELD, Md.- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2011 was a good year for seafood in the United States. Some people in Crisfield say they agree with that but this year is a lot different.

Harvey Linton, who owns Linton Seafood in Crisfield, said numbers this year are down quite a bit.

"Every year is not the same. You may have two or three years where you have an abundance of crabs, but this year we're way down. We're probably a third or more less than what was caught last year," he said.

The report by NOAA shows more than 10.8 billion pounds of seafood were caught in 2011 worth an estimated $5.3 billion. Steve Vilnit, who is the director of fisheries marketing for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, said there are different rules in Maryland, but his job is to even the playing field with whatever is caught.

"Our quota may be 1.8 something million pounds, so our catches aren't necessarily increasing on any of our products," he said. "What we are working on doing though, is increasing the value of those products while keeping the amount of product the same."

In the study by NOAA the top fishing port in 2011 was Dutch Harbor, Alaska, while the most valuable port was in New Bedford, Mass.

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