Seafood Consumption Surges
In 2015 Americans ate 15.5 pounds of seafood per capita
In 2015 Americans ate 15.5 pounds of seafood per capita, up nearly a full pound (0.9 pounds) from 2014. The increase is reflected in multiple species across the National Fisheries Institute’s annual Top 10 list, a trend being celebrated by nutrition experts.
“Three years’ worth of increase in seafood consumption is good news from a public health perspective,” said Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, registered dietitian at NFI and Dish on Fish blogger. “The fact that we see a variation in expansion and contraction across the top ten species, coupled with overall growth, is actually very positive. The nutrition community recommends that Americans eat a variety of seafood and this type of distribution reflects that message.”
Alaska Pollock 0.970
Per Capita Consumption 15.5
Total Top 10 14.17601
All Other Species Consumption 1.323986
Top 10 as % of Total Consumption 91.46
Three of the top ten species saw an increase in consumption; Salmon, Pangasius and Crab and two maintained their volume; Catfish and perennial list leader Shrimp. Crab was the only item to gain a slot on the list going from the 9th most popular item to 8th.