Economic Impact of New Jersey Fisheries

According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, New Jersey's commercial fishermen landed more than 152 million pounds of seafood in 2006, valued at $136 million. Aquaculture accounts for $6 million in annual sales. Moreover, it is estimated that for every one dollar of landed value, six dollars is generated in the overall economy, bringing the value of the wild harvest industry close to $1 billion.

More than 100 different species of fish and mollusks are harvested from New Jersey waters. The top species harvested are sea scallops, surf clams, hard clams, blue crabs, ocean quahogs, fluke, monkfish, Atlantic mackerel, longfin squid, and American lobster. In fact, New Jersey is the leading supplier of surf clams and ocean quahogs in the nation and the world.


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences