November 12, 2013
Consumption of seafood in the United States continues to decline incrementally, according to the recently released Fisheries of the United States, 2012 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
According to NOAA data, Americans on average consumed 14.6 pounds of seafood in 2012, compared with 16.5 pounds in 2006 - a 14% drop. Incremental decline has been evident since the Great Recession.
The report notes that while most fish caught in the U.S. is consumed as seafood, over 20% is utilized for other products such as pet food, fish meal, and fish oil supplements.
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