Americans Consumed a Record Amount of Seafood in 2021!
Americans consumed a record 12.8 pounds of seafood per person in 2021, according to the National Fisheries Institute. This is up from 12.4 pounds in 2020 and 11.9 pounds in 2019. The increase in seafood consumption is being driven by a number of factors, including growing health awareness, the increasing popularity of seafood dishes at restaurants, and the availability of convenient and affordable seafood products at grocery stores.
The top five types of seafood consumed by Americans in 2021 were:
Premier Catch provides wild versions of 4 of the top 5!
Salmon was the most popular, with Americans consuming an average of 2.7 pounds per person. Shrimp was the second with Americans consuming an average of 2.2 pounds per person, and Tuna in third place with Americans consuming an average of 1.7 pounds per person. Cod made the number 5 spot with Americans consuming an average of 1.2 pounds per person.
The increase in seafood consumption is great news for both the seafood industry, and us as individual Americans! The industry employs over 1.2 million people in the United States, and jobs are always an important thing for the health of our country. For the health of us Americans, seafood is a sustainable source of protein, and is low in mercury and other contaminants.
As the demand for seafood continues to grow, the seafood industry will need to find ways to meet that demand while also ensuring that seafood is sustainable and responsibly sourced. At Premier Catch we promise to always provide wild and sustainable seafood across the nation.
Article adapted from our friends over at SeafoodSource