Seafood News

This section provides seafood news related to seafood industries around the world.


SeaShare 2014

Published: February 16, 2015

In 2014, SeaShare supported over 7.6 million servings of seafood to food banks in 28 states.

Alaska Sablefish Certification Audit

Published: January 17, 2015

In December, the Alaska Sablefish (Black Cod) fishery earned continued certification against the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) conformance criteria. The objective of the audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment in 2013.

2013 USDA Census of Aquaculture

Published: November 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) recently released results of the 2013 Census of Aquaculture.

2013 USA Seafood Consumption

Published: November 7, 2014

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 this imported seafood is caught by American fishermen, exported overseas for processing, and then reimported to the United States.

source: Fisheries of the United States, 2013 (NOAA Fisheries)

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2012 USA Seafood Consumption

2013 Maine Wild Seafood Value

Published: March 8, 2014
Recently issued 2013 reports for Maine’s commercially harvested marine resources reveal an increase in value of more than $2 million over 2012 but a decrease in pounds landed by over 15 million.

Rainbow Trout Processor Earns BAP Certification

Published: March 7, 2014
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) recently announced that Truchas Belmira S.A.S. is the world's first rainbow trout processing plant to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

2013 Alaska Salmon Harvest

Published: January 6, 2014
Alaska fishermen harvested record numbers of salmon in 2013, according to preliminary values for the 2013 commercial salmon fishery from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).

2013 Northern California Dungeness Crab Season

Published: December 7, 2013
The Northern California commercial Dungeness crab season opened on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 north of the Mendocino County line.

North Atlantic Swordfish

Published: November 20, 2013
North Atlantic swordfish, a species caught by U.S. fishermen, remains rebuilt at a sustainable population level, according to the latest stock assessment conducted in September 2013 by the scientific committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

2012 USA Seafood Statistics

Published: November 2, 2013
According to Fisheries of the United States 2012, U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.6 billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2012, valued at $5.1 billion.

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