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Top ten seafoods for 2015
October 28, 2016

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This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Americans are eating more seafood. The Top 10 list of favorites after this –

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For the third year in a row, Americans’ appetite for seafood ticked upwards, reaching 15.5 pounds last year, nearly a pound more than in 2014. That’s according to the National Fisheries Institute which each year compiles the Top 10 list of favorites based on NOAA’s Fisheries of the US report that was released this week.

The list remains pretty much the same with shrimp topping the list – but consumption of that favorite has remained static at four pounds per capita. Salmon again ranked second and Americans increased their intake over three percent to just under three pounds per person.  That’s due in large part to more availability and lower prices at retail. It’s especially good news for wild salmon, says Tyson Fick,  Communications Director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Demand keeps going up. It’s really a bright spot there. More and more people are turned on to salmon and have the opportunity, especially with the huge harvests we’ve had, particularly with sockeye the past couple of years, and then two out of four years being record harvest when you look back,  there’s been a lot of people who’ve had the opportunity to try wild Alaska salmon and then look for it the market later on.”    

Canned tuna held onto the third spot at 2.2 pounds. That was followed by farmed tilapia at nearly 1.4 pounds per person.

Alaska Pollock ranked at number five at just under one pound, slightly less than in 2014.  That’s followed by another popular farmed favorite – Pangasius, then cod, crab, catfish and clams. Overall, the only difference in the Top 10 rankings from 2014 was crab beating catfish from ninth to eighth  place on the list.

The upward tick for eating seafood is good news from a public health perspective.  Only one in 10 Americans follows the federal dietary guidelines to eat seafood twice a week. The 15.5 pound U.S  per capita consumption   compares to a global annual eating average of 44 pounds per person.
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