Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2011 USA Seafood Consumption

According to NOAA's report, entitled Fisheries of the United States 2011, U.S. commercial fishermen landed 10.1 billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2011, valued at $5.3 billion.

Total U.S. seafood landings increased by 1.9 billion pounds and more than $784 million over 2010 levels, mainly due to higher catches of Gulf menhaden, Alaska pollock, and Pacific hake (whiting).

Gulf shrimp landings rose 20 percent, from 176 million pounds valued at $338 million in 2010 to 212 million pounds valued at $418 million in 2011.

Americans consumed 4.7 billion pounds of seafood in 2011. Around 91 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. was imported, up five percent from 2010. The top three imported seafood products are shrimp, canned tuna, and tilapia fillets.

The report contains valuable data regarding U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries by species, productivity by fishing port, USA annual seafood consumption statistics, and other information.

source: NOAA Fisheries