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Familiar Fins make Annual Top Ten List

Washington, DC – September 7, 2010  – Americans ate 15.8 pounds of seafood per capita in 2009, down slightly from 16 pounds in 2008 and just ten varieties made up more than 88 percent of that consumption. 

The National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) “Top Ten” list for 2009 reveals the top two spots remain occupied by Shrimp and Canned Tuna and that while Salmon, Alaska Pollock and Tilapia each saw an increase in consumption they maintained their spots. The only newcomer on the list was Pangasius. Flatfish dropped out of the top ten.

                               2008                                                                  2009

Shrimp

4.1

Shrimp

4.1

Canned Tuna

2.8

Canned Tuna

2.5

Salmon

1.84

Salmon

2.04

Alaska Pollock

1.34

Alaska Pollock

1.454

Tilapia

1.19

Tilapia

1.208

Catfish

0.92

Catfish

0.849

Crab

0.61

Crab

0.594

Cod

0.44

Cod

0.419

Flatfish

0.43

Clams

0.413

Clams

0.42

Pangasius

0.356

Total consumption actually increased by 45 million pounds, or about one percent however per capita consumption declined because of population growth. 

“From a public health perspective it’s imperative that Americans eat more fish,” said Jennifer McGuire, NFI’s registered dietitian. “This is a message we expect to see front and center when federal health experts release the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans this year—the familiar food pyramid program. While we anticipate hearing a lot about eating less salt and not as much saturated fat, when it comes to seafood more is better.”

For more than 60 years, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and its members have provided American families with the variety of sustainable seafood essential to a healthy diet. For more information visit: www.AboutSeafood.com.###

Contact Information: 

Gavin Gibbons
(703)752-8891
ggibbons@nfi.org

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