Top 10 Most Popular Seafoods for 2012  

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November 1, 2013 – Washington, DC – Shrimp, canned tuna and salmon remain in the top positions on the annual list of America’s most popular seafood items. In 2012 consumers ate 4.565 billion pounds of seafood or 14.6 lbs per capita. 

“The top ten most popular fish make up a little more than ninety percent of all the fish Americans eat,” said NFI President John Connelly. “It’s a fairly stable list but we see a slight increase in salmon consumption and an increase of about 15-percent, combined, in pangasius and tilapia so there is growth in certain areas.”


2012 lbs.
Shrimp 3.800
Canned Tuna 2.400
Salmon 2.020
Tilapia 1.476
Alaska Pollock 1.167
Pangasius 0.726
Crab 0.523
Cod 0.521
Catfish 0.500
Clams 0.347
Top 10 Total 13.480
Other 1.120
Per Capita Consumption Total 14.600


Per capita consumption fell just under four percent from 2011 to 2012.


“Population growth certainly factors into this but we want to see the numbers heading in the other direction,” said Jennifer McGuire MS RD, NFI’s nutrition communications manager. “There is an important message in seafood consumption trends for public health professionals; when the amount of fish people eat goes up, aliments, medical costs and preventable deaths will go down.”

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