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Employment Contributions of Seafood Processing in the Gulf of Mexico and United States

The seafood processing sector primarily corresponds to code 311711 or “seafood canning” and code 311712 or “fresh and frozen seafood processing” in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS, 2011).  The seafood canning industry comprises of establishments primarily engaged in (1) canning seafood (including soup) and marine fats and oils and/or (2) smoking, salting, and drying seafood. Establishments known as "floating factory ships" that are engaged in the gathering and processing of seafood into canned seafood products are included in this industry. The fresh and frozen seafood processing industry comprises of establishments primarily engaged in one or more of the following: (1) eviscerating fresh fish by removing heads, fins, scales, bones, and entrails; (2) shucking and packing fresh shellfish; (3) manufacturing frozen seafood; and (4) processing fresh and frozen marine fats and oils. 

Employment or job contributions are expressed in terms of a mix of both full-time and part-time jobs. Total economic contribution is the sum of direct, indirect and induced effects. The total job contributions of seafood processing in the Gulf of Mexico states and the entire USA are shown below:

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Source of raw data: NOAA Fisheries.
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