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Seafood

Florida ranked seventh among U.S. states in 2014 for fresh seafood production with 99.2 million pounds harvested and a dockside value of $257.7 million.

In 2014, Florida:

  • Ranked first in the United States by value of grouper, pompano, mullet, stone crab, pink shrimp, spiny lobsters and Spanish mackerel.
  • Florida fishermen caught 92 percent of the nation's supply of grouper, pompano, mullet, stone crab, pink shrimp, spiny lobsters and Spanish mackerel.
  • Accounted for almost 100 percent of spiny lobster (99.9 percent) and stone crab (99.5 percent) harvested in the United States.
  • Florida currently has 404 operations with aquaculture sales.
  • Ornamental tropical fish dominated the Florida aquaculture industry as the No. 1 commodity with $27.2 million in sales in 2012 (latest available year).

Seafood Sustainability

Seafood is sustainable when the population of that species of fish is managed in a way that provides for today's needs without damaging the ability of the species to reproduce and be available for future generations. If you buy fish managed under a U.S. fishery management plan, you can be assured it meets 10 national standards that ensure fish stocks are maintained, overfishing is eliminated, and the long-term socioeconomic benefits to the nation are achieved. Florida fishermen are required to follow federal and state laws when harvesting seafood.

Top 20 Florida Species in Dollars — 2015

Top 20 Florida Species in Dollars - 2011

Species

Dockside Value

Average
Price/Pound

Shrimp

$49,315,217 

$2.58 

Lobster

$47,778,070

$8.00 

Stone Crab

$36,498,363 

$12.95 

Grouper

$26,765,343 

$3.54 

Snapper

$21,765,115 

$3.27 

Blue Crab

$12,106,862  

$2.82   

Mackerel

$9,231,788 

$1.73  

Mullet

$6,801,802 

$0.70 

Oysters

$4,856,367 

$5.55 

Tuna

$3,409,785

$2.51 

Swordfish

$2,647,533 

$3.58 

Tilefish

$2,335,443 

$2.98 

Amberjack

$1,455,770 

$1.48 

Mahi-Mahi

$1,243,005 

$2.52 

Shark

$876,749 

$0.97  

Jack

$745,420  

$0.80 

Pompano

$657,878 

$5.11 

Sponge

$598,876 

$1.85 

Porgies

$591,211 

$1.36 

Ladyfish

$535,780 

$0.75 

Source: Florida Marine Research Institute

Top 20 Florida Species in Pounds — 2015

Top 20 Florida Species in Pounds - 2011

Species

Pounds

Shrimp

19,100,849 

Mullet

9,684,498 

Grouper

7,557,105  

Snapper

6,664,371 

Blue Crab

6,637,692 

Lobster

5,929,486 

Mackerel

5,322,112 

Stone Crab 

2,818,517 

Herring

1,415,107 

Tuna

1,357,693 

Sardines

1,352,885 

Ballyhoo

993,846 

Amberjack

982,088 

Jack 

926,338 

Shark

906,460 

Oysters

874,533 

Tilefish

784,623 

Swordfish

739,683 

Ladyfish

717,709 

Mahi-Mahi

494,208 

Source: Florida Marine Research Institute

Florida Commercial Landings by County — 2015

Florida Commercial Landing by County

County

Pounds

Dollar Value

Monroe

12,638,748

$71,260,475

Pinellas

8,115,905

$23,643,991

Lee

7,228,489

$16,837,729

Gulf

5,620,871

$5,769,520

Duval

5,434,472

$11,470,264

Manatee

3,992,186

$4,769,912

Brevard

3,979,939

$7,875,529

Bay

3,227,675

$9,672,078

Franklin

3,212,639

$9,221,012

Hillsborough

2,597,194

$4,809,220

St Lucie

2,250,648

$5,369,259

Volusia

2,158,837

$4,269,619

Hernando

1,815,412

$7,305,844

Collier

1,650,562

$9,251,816

Citrus

1,550,953

$6,002,799

Charlotte

1,534,228

$1,550,743

Martin

1,483,758

$2,285,601

Palm Beach

1,448,648

$2,830,140

St Johns

1,407,983

$3,134,573

Okaloosa

1,319,882

$4,004,089

Nassau

1,251,567

$2,939,190

Miami-Dade

1,210,379

$5,305,001

Wakulla

1,172,273

$2,563,186

Dixie

1,125,832

$3,514,318

Escambia

1,001,647

$1,642,280

Levy

947,529

$3,391,963

Indian River

816,669

$1,567,341

Taylor

684,706

$2,139,441

Broward

658,414

$2,636,646

Pasco

448,185

$2,133,479

Santa Rosa

378,393

$900,171

Sarasota

230,191

$290,975

Putnam

200,822

$757,136

Clay

91,231

$153,924

Jefferson

87,019

$153,951

Walton

82,972

$110,924

Flagler

7,717

$9,910

Source: Florida Marine Research Institute

Marine Life Harvests

In addition to edible seafood and bait, Florida commercially harvests marine life or tropical ornamentals mainly for the aquarium market. Urchins, octopus and starfish are just some of the species harvested. When species are harvested they are counted individually as opposed to by the pound. In 2015, Florida harvested 15 million individual tropical ornamentals with an estimated total value of over $3.4 million.

Florida Marine Life Harvests — 2015 (over $20,000 value)

Florida Marine Life Harvest

Species

Estimated Value

Average
  Price (Each)

Number Landed

Crabs 

595,142

$0.21

2,841,127

Snails

521,408

$0.15

3,473,862

Shrimp

299,723

$0.22

1,385,750

Angelfish

255,127

$14.92

17,094

Live Rock

130,311

$2.23

58,343

Sand Dollars

124,402

$0.09

1,395,515

Octocorals

122,136

$1.86

65,735

Grunts

120,781

$10.36

11,657

Plants

113,062

$3.12

36,211

Anemones

111,963

$2.83

39,532

Urchins

104,186

$1.84

56,669

Seahorses

102,859

$2.91

35,286

Starfish

75,924

$0.81

93,279

Sponges

74,188

$2.51

29,530

Wrasses

58,643

$6.05

9,697

Misc. Fish

50,768

$1.08

46,970

Anemones, Corallimorphs

49,789

$5.00

9,953

Misc. Invertebrates

44,739

$0.01

5,274,620

Jacks

39,617

$26.31

1,506

Surgeonfish

36,608

$6.88

5,323

Damselfish

30,654

$2.82

10,870

Jawfish

28,407

$4.36

6,521

Rays and Skates

26,341

$54.99

479

Source: Florida Marine Research Institute

Aquaculture Facts and Figures

Aquaculture, simply defined as the cultivation of aquatic organisms, is Florida's most diverse agribusiness. Florida aquaculturists produce the greatest variety of aquatic species of any state in the nation. In 2012, aquaculture sales for Florida totaled $68.8 million from 404 operators.404 operators.

Florida Aquaculture Product Sales — 2012

Florida Aquaculture Product Sales

Products

Producers

Net Sales

Percent of Total

Ornamental Fish

101

$27,269,000 

39

Mollusks

139

$11,889,000 

17

Alligators

10

$7,995,000 

11

Aquatic plants

19

5,327,000

8

Other Food Fish

31

2,978,000

5

Tilapia

47

1,227,000

2

Catfish

17

$390,000 

.5

Live Rock

12

$373,000 

.5

Catfish

54

$979,000 

1

Other Aquaculture

 

$11,303,000 

16

Total

 

$68,751,000 

 

Source: USDA 2012 Florida Aquaculture report

     

Florida Alligator Inventory, by Type

Florida Alligator Inventory, By Type

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Number of Producers

15

10

14

13

10

10

Total Alligators on Hand

99,728

86,293

53,380

87,902

88,136

103,536

Brood Stock

14,453

7,964

14,200

17,268

18,809

18,698

Hatchlings

64,990

17,776

10,500

26,100

30,501

41,421

All Other

20,285

60,553

29,100

44,534

38,826

43,417

Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

           

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