85% of Seafood is Imported

Saturday, Nov 21, 2009

In the U.S. in 2008, we consumed 16 pounds of seafood per person... U.S. consumers spent an estimated $69.8 billion for fishery products in 2008... In 2008, imports made up 83% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. The U.S. imported about 5.2 billion pounds of seafood in 2008... In 2008, the U.S. exported 2.7 billion pounds of seafood, valued at $4.3 billion.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Seafood Facts, http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishwatch/tradeandaquaculture.htm (2008 Imports and Exports, Fisheries Statistics Division).

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in fiscal year 2007, over 80 percent of the seafood consumed in this country was imported, and shrimp was the most widely consumed seafood. Seafood imports into the United States most frequently come from Canada, China, and Thailand, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agriculture Service...

FDA examines only about 2 percent of imported seafood annually

U.S. Government Accountability Office, FDA Program Changes and Better Collaboration among Key Federal Agencies Could Improve Detection and Prevention, February, 2009, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09258.pdf.