Opportunity for Seafood in U.S.

85% of the seafood consumed by Americans is imported, with shrimp, freshwater fish fillets and crab having the largest volume of all such goods imported from abroad.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office:

Some time ago, the USA depended only on shellfish fished on its coasts, the state of New York was famous for its oysters and Louisiana and Mississippi for its prawns, but things have changed.

85% of the seafood consumed by Americans is imported, said Paul Greenberg, author of American catch: The fight for our Local seafood." The biggest change has been the replacement of national oysters with foreign shrimp. Billions of kilos used to be grown and harvested, but natural estuaries where they were produced have been lost.



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Figures from the information system on the the Market for Fish, Molluscs and Crustaceans in Central America, compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData: [GRAFICA caption = "Click to interact with graph"]

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