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Employment: Fishers and Fishing Vessel Operators




Fishers and fishing vessel operators held an estimated 36,000 jobs in 2002. More than 5 out of 10 were self-employed. Most fishing takes place off the coasts, with Alaska, Louisiana, Virginia, California, and Washington bringing in the greatest volume of fish. While fishing off the New England coast has declined in recent years because of restrictions on catching certain species, it still ranks high in total value of fish caught, according to the National Marine Fisheries Society.