Ballard Locks Celebrates Centennial in 2017
The Ballard Locks are the busiest in the nation in overall vessel traffic, with more than 40,000 transits annually, and the twelfth busiest in use by commercial vessels, with 7,500 commercial transits each year. More than 1 million tons of freight moves through the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Ballard Locks each year.
Moorage, marine services, and saltwater access made possible by the Locks support an estimated
$1.2 billion in gross business sales annually, including commercial fishing companies, shipyards and
marine services, vessel sales, freight and shipping services, passenger services, construction, and marinas
The maritime business ecosystem on the freshwater side of the Locks is unique in the Pacific
Northwest and a key component of Washington State’s Maritime Industry Cluster. A group of 50 local
maritime businesses identified for this report produces an estimated $120 million in annual payroll and a full-time equivalent employment impact of approximately 3,000 jobs that depend on the Ballard Locks. At least another 150 nearby businesses benefit in more general ways from the Locks and the vessels that rely on them.
Click here to view the video produced by HistoryLink for the Centennial Celebration of the Ballard Locks.
Below is the 2017 study of the economic impacts of the Ballard Locks.
Alaska Seafood Industry has Significant Impact on Washington's Economy
More than 50 fishing industry leaders attended a breakfast at Ivar's Salmon House on August 28th to help launch the release of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's (ASMI) report on the economic value of Alaska's seafood industry.
Andy Wink of the Alaska-based research firm the McDowell Group presented data from the report, the first of its kind, showing the economic importance of the Alaska seafood industry on the rest of the country, specifically the Pacific Northwest.
The North Seattle Industrial Association, King County Maritime, Port of Seattle, Pacific Marine Expo, ASMI and Ivar's hosted the breakfast.
The complete study is here: