Familiar Favorites Round Out Seafoods Top 10

Slight increase in consumption seen as public health opportunity

October 31, 2014 Washington, DC A slight uptick on overall seafood consumption can be seen in the Commerce Departments latest data, used to calculate the National Fisheries Institutes (NFI) annual Top Ten list.

While there is not much movement, in terms of rankings, sixty percent of the species saw an increase in consumption.

The U.S. is a huge market for seafood, but per capita consumption is much lower here than in other developed countries, said NFI President John Connelly. This report is a good reminder that public health professionals and the government must seize momentum and re-energize efforts to promote important nutritional benefits associated with seafood.

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans list seafood as a food to encourage, specifically suggesting consumers swap out higher fat proteins for fish.

2013

lbs.

Shrimp

3.600

Salmon

2.702

Tuna

2.300

Tilapia

1.430

Alaska Pollock

1.154

Pangasius

0.771

Cod

0.605

Catfish

0.566

Crab

0.548

Clams

0.352

Top 10 Total

14.028

Other Seafood

0.472

Per Capita Consumption Total

14.5

The Top 10 make up almost 97% of all the seafood Americans eat. Experts say the bump in salmon may be a reflection of record runs of Alaska salmon in 2013 that contributed to canned and frozen supplies.

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.

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