GLMRIS: Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study
May 1, 2012

Commercial Fisheries Report Release

PDF Commercial Fisheries Baseline Economic Assessment (2.7 MB)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released today the "Commercial Fisheries Baseline Economic Assessment - U.S. Waters of the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi River, and Ohio River Basins" (Commercial Fisheries Report), an Interim Product of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).

This baseline report provides a thorough summary of the most recently available commercial fisheries data in the GLMRIS study area. This GLMRIS Team will use this and other baseline reports to further the understanding of existing conditions, as well as to help forecast impacts from potential aquatic nuisance species transfer.

The average harvest level in the U.S. waters of the Great Lakes is estimated at 19.3 million pounds of commercially-caught fish with an associated average value of $22.5 million. Similar analysis estimates 10 million pounds with an associated value of $4 million for the Upper Mississippi River Basin and approximately 1.4 million pounds with an associated value of about $2 million in the Ohio River Basin.

The average harvest level is calculated from the most recent five years of state-licensed and tribal commercial fishing annual harvest data available.

Two complimentary fisheries baseline assessments will be released later this spring: subsistence fisheries and pro-fishing tournaments. An assessment of recreational angling in the GLMRIS study area is anticipated at the end of 2012.

USACE will host a conference call May 10 at 10 a.m. (CST) for interested parties to ask questions on this report. Call-in information is:

USA Toll-Free:(866) 233-3842
International:(651) 291-9113
Access Code:246867

If you have any questions about the report, please contact GLMRIS Project Manager Dave Wethington at (312) 846-5522 or David.M.Wethington@usace.army.mil