Americans consumed 4.6 billion pounds of seafood in 2013. The average American ate 14.5 pounds of fish and shellfish in 2013, essentially unchanged from 2012.
The U.S. is the World’s third largest consumer of seafood after China and Japan according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
Most fish caught in the United States is consumed as seafood. Other uses include products such as pet food, fish meal, and oil.
Over 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported, measured by edible weight.
A significant portion of imported seafood is caught by American fishermen, exported overseas for processing, and then re-imported to the United States.
source: Fisheries of the United States, 2013 (NOAA Fisheries)
Originally published: November 7, 2014.