US fishing haul fell 10% during first pandemic year

  • FILE - Scallop meat is shucked at sea on opening day off Harpswell, Maine, Dec. 17, 2011. America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, federal regulators said Thursday, May 12, 2022. Some of the largest value seafood species were once again New England staples, such as lobster, and sea scallops. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

  • FILE — Marine Patrol officers, left, arrive for a routine inspection aboard scallop fisherman Donald Ricker's boat off Harpswell, Maine, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, federal regulators said Thursday, May 12, 2022. Some of the largest value seafood species were once again New England staples, such as lobster, and sea scallops. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)

  • FILE — A lobster rears its claws after being caught off Spruce Head, Maine, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, federal regulators said Thursday, May 12, 2022. Some of the largest value seafood species were once again New England staples, such as lobster, and sea scallops. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

  • FILE — A scallop fishermen heads out at dawn Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, on opening day off Harpswell, Maine. America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, federal regulators said Thursday, May 12, 2022. Some of the largest value seafood species were once again New England staples, such as lobster, and sea scallops. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

PORTLAND, Maine — America’s commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said Thursday.