NFI publishes top 10 seafood list

The USA’s National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has published its list of top 10 most consumed seafood items, with shrimp, canned tuna and salmon taking the top three spots.

The federal government recently reported that the overall seafood volume was 4,650,000,000 pounds. The data also showed American seafood companies exported a record 3.3 billion pounds valued at $5.4 billion.

“This data shows the importance of the US seafood market, which is now the second largest in the world. Strong export numbers confirm that our customers in Europe and Asia value sustainable and healthy American seafood products,” said John Connelly, president of the National Fisheries Institute. “The seafood sector is growing in the volume and value of seafood we can provide to consumers here and abroad.”

While America’s palate may not be as adventurous as some when it comes to seafood, experts say that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“The continued popularity of mild white fish, like Alaska pollock, is actually good news. These are often considered starter-fish, which indicates Americans are finding ways to eat seafood in which they never did before,” said Jennifer McGuire MS, RD, NFI’s manager of nutrition communications. “Whether it’s in tacos or on the grill, swapping in seafood for the usual proteins will mean significant public health benefits.”

2010 2011

Shrimp - 4.0

Shrimp - 4.2

Canned tuna - 2.7

Canned tuna - 2.6

Salmon - 1.999

Salmon - 1.952
Tilapia - 1.450

Alaska Pollock - 1.312

Alaska Pollock - 1.192

Tilapia - 1.287

Catfish - 0.800

Pangasius - 0.628

Crab - 0.573

Catfish - 0.559

Cod - 0.463

Crab - 0.518

Pangasius - 0.405

Cod - 0.501

Clams - 0.341

Clams - 0.331

*Data in pounds per capita based on raw National Marine Fisheries Services data

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