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Stonington, Knox County Ports Rank Highest in Value

Three of the top four fishing ports with the highest value of seafood landings in Maine in 2022 were located in Knox County, according to the Department of Marine Resources.

Stonington

Stonington, located in Hancock County, once again led all ports in Maine, with the value of landed species totaling $44.7 million. This is down from $77.3 million in 2021, which was a record year.

Vinalhaven ranked second in terms of value at $30.5 million, down from $55.7 million in 2021. Vinalhaven’s landings were worth $33.7 million in 2020, $39.7 million in 2019, and $39.4 million in 2018.

Friendship was third. Its landings were valued at $23.5 million in 2022, down from $40.8 million in 2021. Friendship’s landings were valued at $19.5 million in 2020, $27 million in 2019, and $24 million in 2018.

Spruce Head ranked fourth in value last year at $18.3 million, down from $31.2 million in 2021. Spruce Head’s landings were valued at $16.9 million in 2020, $18.8 million in 2019, and $16.9 million in 2018.

In terms of pounds, Stonington was also the top port in Maine with 11.6 million pounds landed in 2022. Friendship was fifth at 7.2 million pounds. Vinalhaven was sixth at less than 7.2 million pounds. Spruce Head was seventh at 4.9 million pounds. Tenants Harbor was eighth at 3.8 million pounds.

Lobster continues to represent the largest proportion of the value of Maine’s seafood. However, in 2022 it represented only 68% of the total value, compared to 82% in 2021 and 79% in 2020.

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