HMS landings by species

The figures on this page present information on HMS landings over the last 10 years, or 2012 – 2021.

HMS landings and revenue compared to other species groups

The graph below shows landings in metric tons and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue from species managed under the Council’s four FMPs. For HMS this has varied from $23 million to $58 million during this period. As a portion of total West Coast ex-vessel revenue (including species not managed under Council FMPs) this equates to between 3% and 8%.

Inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue by species group.

Inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue by species group.

North Pacific albacore tuna

In 2021 albacore landings totaled 3,591 metric tons worth $15,955,720 compared to 7,190 metric tons worth $25,201,440 in 2020. The following figure shows albacore landings (mt) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue ($1,000s) by year.

North Pacific albacore landings, mt (left), and revenue, current dollars, $1,000s (right).

North Pacific albacore landings, mt (left), and revenue, current dollars, $1,000s (right).

Swordfish

In 2021 swordfish landings totaled 146 metric tons worth $847,657 compared to 341 metric tons worth $1,763,487 in 2020. The following figure shows landings (mt) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue ($1,000s) by year.

Swordfish landings, mt (left), and revenue, current dollars, $1,000s (right).

Swordfish landings, mt (left), and revenue, current dollars, $1,000s (right).

Tunas (other than albacore)

In 2021 landings of bigeye, bluefin, skipjack, and yellowfin tunas totaled 677 metric tons worth $4,984,823 compared to 2,603 metric tons worth $7,372,277 in 2020. The following figure shows landings (mt) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue ($1,000s) by year.

Landings of tunas, excluding albacore, metric tons (left) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue (right).

Landings of tunas, excluding albacore, metric tons (left) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue (right).

The following figure shows Pacific bluefin tuna landings by selected gear types over the past 10 years. Pacific bluefin catch is subject to trip limits in order to comply with catch limits pursuant to a Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Resolution. To address data confidentiality rules (less than 2 vessels or 2 processors) 2020 and 2021 data have been combined. During this period Purse seine has accounted for most landings, amounting to 68% of the total followed by HMS Hook and Line fishery at 23% and DGN at 9%.

Sharks

In 2021 landings of common thresher and shortfin mako sharks totaled 45 metric tons worth $76,462 compared to 78 metric tons worth $120,750 in 2020. The following figure shows landings (mt) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue for these species by year.

Landings of common thresher and shortfin mako sharks, metric tons (left) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue (right)

Landings of common thresher and shortfin mako sharks, metric tons (left) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue (right)

Other species

Blue shark and dorado landings are relatively modest in commercial fisheries compared to other HMS. In 2021 blue shark landings amounted to 2 metric tons worth $160 while dorado landings amounted 7 metric tons worth $35,970. This compares to landings of 3 metric tons worth $200 for blue shark and 13 metric tons worth $55,939 for dorado in 2020. The following figure shows landings (mt) and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue for these species by year.

Landings of blue shark and dorado, metric tons.

Landings of blue shark and dorado, metric tons.