Value of Portland catch falls; Stonington state’s top port

Posted Sept. 09, 2010, at 11:23 a.m.
Lobster fisherman Baren Yurchick of Sedgwick returns to the dock in Stonington after completing some work on his boat moored in the harbor on Monday. Yurchick said he had heard of possible stimulus money coming to help the Maine fishing industry.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY GABOR DEGRE)

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Lobster fisherman Baren Yurchick of Sedgwick returns to the dock in Stonington after completing some work on his boat moored in the harbor Monday, April 13, 2009.  Yurchick said he had heard of possible stimulus money coming to help the Maine fishing industry. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
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Lobster fisherman Baren Yurchick of Sedgwick returns to the dock in Stonington after completing some work on his boat moored in the harbor on Monday. Yurchick said he had heard of possible stimulus money coming to help the Maine fishing industry. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY GABOR DEGRE) CAPTION Lobster fisherman Baren Yurchick of Sedgwick returns to the dock in Stonington after completing some work on his boat moored in the harbor Monday, April 13, 2009. Yurchick said he had heard of possible stimulus money coming to help the Maine fishing industry. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)

PORTLAND — New Bedford, Mass., is once again the nation’s top commercial fishing port while the value of the catch continues to fall in Portland.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has released its annual report detailing the nation’s fishing catch for 2009.

New Bedford was tops in value of its catch, largely due to sea scallops, bringing in $249.2 million. Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska, was tops in terms of poundage, with 506.3 million pounds.

In Maine, the value of the seafood brought to Portland dropped to $16.6 million, down from $22.6 million in 2008. The report says Stonington was Maine’s top port, at $26.5 million.

Portland was the No. 56 fishing port by value in 2009, down from 36th a year earlier. The port routinely ranked among the Top 10 in the 1990s.

By volume, Portland ranked 24th nationwide with 37.3 million pounds of fish landed in 2009. Rockland, which was not in the top 50 for value, ranked 33rd by volume with 21.4 million pounds of fish landed and Stonington ranked 45th by volume with 14.8 million pounds.

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