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Oregon's seafood industry has a year to remember
5/30/2012
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Any way you fillet it, Oregon's commercial seafood and fishing industry had an outstanding year in 2011:
 
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A total harvest value exceeding 145 million dollars for all Oregon fisheries has given coastal economies from Astoria to Brookings a much needed shot-in-the-arm: 
FURMAN: "Statistics indicate that it was our best year, from a dollar perspective, in the last 23 years. That's a huge boost and huge story. We continue to remind fishermen that it's not pounds of fish or pounds of crab that you take to the bank, it's dollars that you take to the bank." :18
 
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Nick Furman of Seafood Oregon says what makes the harvest and dollar value numbers more impressive is the sustainable manner in which Oregon's seafood is being harvested. Quite simply, there are plenty of fish left in the sea: 
FURMAN: "We're doing something right in Oregon and its being represented in healthy stocks, good volume, and prices that are just really- because of the global economic market and global demand for seafood- going through the roof." :11
 
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Last year, 285 million pounds of seafood was landed in Oregon and the value of landings was about 44 percent higher than the annual average of the past 10 years. Individual fisheries had outstanding years. Pink shrimp had its best season in 19 years, albacore tuna's value hit a 33-year high, and the biggest of all fisheries- Oregon Dungeness crab- had its usual strong season with a value that hit 44 million dollars last year with 2012 looking to be perhaps just as good for all Oregon fisheries. In Salem, I'm Bruce Pokarney.


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FURMAN says last year, there were some winners and some losers among Oregon fisheries. But on the whole, there were more winners and the overall seafood and fishing industry did very well: 
"We're seeing a number of fisheries that had either their best landings or their best dollar value in decades." :10
 
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FURMAN says the total picture for 2011 was great and there is already evidence that 2012 will be more of the same for Oregon's seafood and fishing industry: 
"We're at a time when there are more winners than losers. We think that's good for the state, good for coastal communities, good for industry." :08
 
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http://oregon.gov/ODA/Pages/news/120530seafood.aspx