In the past decade, New Jersey has been the world’s largest supplier of ocean quahogs and surf clams. In 2009, that meant that commercial fisherman pulled in 45.3 million pounds of the shellfish, worth $27.5 million. New Jersey landed $125 million worth of all shellfish that year, a bit down from the 2008’s $148 million. The recession, however, may have affected sales that year.
In terms of dollars, as opposed to pounds, sea scallops brought in the biggest haul in 2009; fisherman harvested $90.1 million worth of scallops, selling them at $6.42 a pound.