WASHINGTON — The typical person only ate 15 pounds of seafood products last year, 0.8 pound less than in 2010, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Commission.
A record amount of seafood products were caught in 2011, but consumer consumption still declined. U.S. commercial fisherman caught 10.1 billion pounds of fish last year — $5.3 billion’s worth and the most in 17 years.
In the report, NOAA said this increase in product availability “was more than offset by a large increase in exports and a decrease in farmed catfish production.”
Consumers spent $85.9 billion on seafood products, with the majority spent in foodservice — $57.7 billion. Another $27.6 billion was spent on seafood products at food retail.
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