Are concerns about mercury hurting the seafood industry?
It depends on who you ask. Americans are eating more seafood these days. Per capita consumption of fish hit 16.6 pounds in 2004, more than a pound above the 1999 level, according to the National Fisheries Institute, McLean, Va. Certain species, including shrimp and tilapia, are gaining in popularity.
Yet, consumers are also aware of mercury in seafood, and that's a concern for retailers and processors.