New Bedford retains title of highest valued port for 17th-straight year

While Tom Brady and the Patriots work toward two consecutive championships, the Port of New Bedford achieved its 17th straight.

No other port in the United States brought in more revenue in 2016 than New Bedford’s $327 million, NOAA announced Wednesday. Dutch Harbor, Alaska, finished second with $198 million.

New Bedford’s commercial fishermen landed 107 million pounds, which ranked 11th in the country and 663 million pounds fewer than Dutch Harbor. Still, New Bedford held the crown for the most valuable port in the country by nearly $130 million.

In context, Dutch Harbor and Empire-Venice, Louisiana, which ranked second and third respectively, in terms of value, combined wouldn’t equal New Bedford.

In 2016, the Port of New Bedford landed 17 million fewer pounds than 2015, however, the value of the landings increased by $5 million.

The port landed the most catch in Massachusetts, too. Gloucester ranked 15th nationally and second in the state with 63 million pounds, which led to $52 million, 18th in the country.

Provincetown-Chatham ranked 29th in the country landing 27 million pounds, which equated to $33 million, 33rd in the country.

Massachusetts held the third highest value in the country behind Alaska (caught by far most volume at 5.6 billion pounds) and Maine (caught 83 percent of the country’s lobster, the most profitable catch in 2016). Of the Bay State’s $552.2 million, New Bedford accounted for nearly 60 percent of that total. The value of the landings in the state increased by more than $27 million from 2015.

Massachusetts led the country in landing 19.8 million pounds of surf clams and 22.9 million pounds of scallops.

The price of scallops dropped 26 cents to $12 per pound from 2015 to 2016.

The state landed the second most Ocean Quahog (12.2 million pounds), soft clams (669,000 pounds) and lobster (17.7 million pounds).

Despite the increase in value from 2015, the state still saw the the number of processing and wholesale facilities decrease by two to 50. However, the number of overall employees at those facilities in the state only dropped by six.

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