Economic activity associated with commercial fisheries and shellfish aquaculture in Northampton County, Virginia
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Economic activity associated with commercial fisheries and shellfish aquaculture in Northampton County, Virginia

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    Northampton County shellfish farms sold over $36.7 million worth of cultured clams and oysters during 2013.At the same time the county’s commercial fishermen landed over $5.7 million in wild caught finfish and shellfiTaken together, Northampton County’s aquatic harvesters unloaded $42,496,494 of seafood products across the county’s waterfronts. With those sales begins an expansion of the county’s economy generating additional growth and economic impacts on households, businesses, and government. As depicted in the table below, the initial farm sales and wild harvests multiply providing economic growth throughout the community. The resulting total impact during 2013 is estimated to have been $97.4 million in output supporting 987 jobs which generated household and business incomes of $27.1 million.Continu​ed access to high quality growing waters and important offshore fishing grounds is critical to maintaining theeconomic base which has developed to support this important industry and continue its export base for the county’s future economic development.
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