Economic Impact of the Commercial Fisheries on Local County Economies from Catch in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary 2010, 2011 and 2012


Vernon R. Leeworthy, NOAA, National Ocean Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Desiree Jerome, Clark University, NOAA Summer Fellow
Kelsey Schueler, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Center for the Blue Economy Summer Fellow

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This report estimates the economic impact of commercial fishing within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) according to the California Ocean Fish Harvester Economic Model. The methodology applies county multipliers to estimates of harvest revenue from the CINMS in order to calculate output, income, value added and employment. This report also describes a profile of the commercial fish industry in the CINMS. In addition, this report explores special issues related to trends in the wetfish fishery. Special issues represent specific requests from sanctuary management for queries of the data.

The three year average for 2010 to 2012 finds that landings of catch from CINMS generated $27,275,539 in harvest revenue, $45,396,225 in output, $30,894,393 in value added, $27,836,552 in total income and 659 full and part-time jobs across five counties.

During the study period harvest revenue demonstrated a continual decrease, ranging from $38,330,066 in 2010 to only $18,417,163 in 2012. The top five species/species groups caught in CINMS were Market Squid, Urchin, Spiny Lobster, Anchovies & Sardines, and Crab. These top five species/species groups accounted for over 87% of CINMS landings in 2012. In 2012, the gear types associated with highest percent of total value include "Purse Seine," "Pots & Traps," "Hooka-Diving," and "Other Seine-Dip Net." The top four ports where catch from MBNMS was landed are Santa Barbara Harbor, Ventura, Port Hueneme, and Oxnard. These ports had varying dependency on the sanctuary for their catch value, ranging from 67% and 64% for Oxnard and Santa Barbara Harbor, respectively, to 35% and 30% for Port Hueneme and Ventura.

Key Words:

Economic impact, income, jobs, California, commercial fishing, harvest revenue, wetfish, output, multiplier, port dependence.