November 5, 2013
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Americans remain true to their seafood favorites. Once again, shrimp, canned tuna and salmon topped the list of the 10 most popular seafoods. That’s according to the National Fisheries Institute’s annual compilation
Following the top three are farmed tilapia, Alaska pollock, farmed Pangasius, crab, cod, catfish and clams.
Looking more closely at the numbers shows that for the first time in five years, crab consumption began to increase again after a steady decline since 2007.
Seafood.com reports the main news from the top 10 list is that whitefish surpassed shrimp as the largest single seafood category. Whitefish consists of cod, pollock, tilapia, pangasius, and domestic catfish. Combined consumption of those fish soared 6.2%, while shrimp fell 9.5%. As a result, whitefish as a category now is higher than shrimp for US per capita consumption.
The growth in whitefish is driven by farmed tilapia and pangasius. Cod saw a small increase, while pollock and domestic catfish declined.
Also declining – Americans ate slightly less seafood overall last year at 14.6 lbs per person, compared to 15 pounds in 2011. Each person ate just over two pounds of salmon, a 3.5% increase.
A tip of the hat to two Alaska fishing veterans chosen as National Fishermen’s Highliners of the Year. The honors go to salmon fishermen Robert Heyano of Dillingham and Jerry McCune of Cordova.
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