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OVERTAKES CANNED TUNA AS TOP U.S. SEAFOOD
For the first time in recorded history, Americans are eating more shrimp than canned tuna, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today. According to NOAA’s 2001 Fisheries of the United States report, seafood consumption in the U.S. decreased in 2001, by 2.1 percent, with Americans eating 4.2 billion pounds of domestic and imported fish and shellfish.
Officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) said that per capita, Americans ate about 14.8 pounds of seafood per person last year. Of these, 10.3 pounds were fresh or frozen fish or shellfish (including 1.1 pound of farm-raised catfish), 4.2 pounds were canned seafood, and 0.3 pound was cured. Compared to 2000 figures, that represents a 10 percent decrease in canned products, a 1 percent increase in fresh/frozen products and a 3 percent increase in fillets and steaks.
Americans also ate a record 3.4 pounds of shrimp per person in 2001, with an overall consumption increase of 9 percent. The 17 percent decrease in canned tuna consumption is attributed to a decline in imports and the closure of two domestic canneries in the United States in 2001.
The latest data from the Food and Agriculture Organization show that the U.S. ranks as the third largest consumer of seafood in the world, importing 76 percent of its seafood fare.
Every decade, the Census Bureau of the United States revises its estimates of U.S. population trends to reflect the latest population numbers. This action requires NOAA Fisheries statisticians to update their population-related data, including seafood consumption. Consumption figures for 2000 and 2001 have been completed. The Census Bureau has not finalized the revised monthly population estimates for the 1990s, so revised per capita data for these years cannot be provided at this time. Additional information is contained in the attached fact sheet.
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