Shrimp Leads Gains In Seafood Consumption On Top 10 List

Health conscious consumers help edge seafood higher

October 29, 2015 – Washington, DC – For the second year in a row, Americans are eating more seafood. Health conscious consumers appear to be helping reverse a trend that saw seafood consumption slipping.

After examining America’s nutrition needs the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee said families “should be encouraged and guided to consume dietary patterns that are rich in… seafood,” while a recent USDA study found, “80 to 90 percent of U.S. consumers did not meet their seafood recommendations.”

“Increasing seafood intake over two years is a positive trend,” said Rima Kleiner, Registered Dietitian at NFI. “The importance of eating more seafood on public health shouldn’t be underestimated, even a little goes a long way.”


2014 lbs.
Shrimp 4.000
Salmon 2.307
Tuna 2.300
Tilapia 1.436
Alaska Pollock 0.981
Pangasius 0.690
Cod 0.657
Catfish 0.517
Crab 0.508
Clams 0.342
Top 10 Total 13.737
Other   0.863
Per Capita Consumption Total 14.600


A nearly half-pound increase in shrimp consumption solidified its place as America’s favorite seafood, while staples like canned tuna held their ground. Meanwhile, the apparent dip in Alaska Pollock consumption is actually attributed to an increase in exports and a refinement of the consumption calculation.

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:


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