AR-News: Americans Eating Fish at Record Rates
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Thu Sep 11 02:19:20 EDT 2003
Americans Eating Fish at Record Rates
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By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Whether blackened on the barbecue, crammed into cocktail sauce
or blended into bisque, record amounts of shrimp were eaten by Americans
Indeed, it was a record year for eating seafood in general, the National
Marine Fisheries Service said Wednesday.
Overall seafood consumption was up 7.1 percent to 4.5 billion pounds in
2002. That's an average of 15.6 pounds per person, up nearly a pound from
2001, according to the agency, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Linda Candler, vice president for communications at the National Fisheries
Institute, which represents the seafood industry, attributed the increase
"to the fact the Americans are taking the health message to heart and trying
to incorporate more fish in their diet."
According to the report, Americans ate an average of 3.7 pounds of shrimp
last year, up from 3.4 pounds a year earlier.
And buyers went hook, line and sinker for fresh and frozen seafood in
general, setting a record at 11 pounds per person, up from 10.3 pounds.
Americans also ate an average of 4.3 pounds of canned seafood last year, up
from 4.2 pounds in 2001. The 2002 average for canned seafood included 3.1
pounds of tuna, 0.5 pounds of salmon, 0.3 pounds of shellfish and 0.1 pounds
The National Fisheries Institute went on to rank the most popular varieties,
with shrimp holding first place for the second straight year at 3.7 pounds
Canned tuna was No. 1 in 2000 but dropped to second spot in 2001 and held
that place last year at 3.1 pounds, up from 2.9 pounds per person.
Next came salmon, pollock, catfish and cod, the Institute said, the same
rankings as 2001.
Crabs ranked seventh, clambering over clams to gain one spot in the rankings
and relegating the bivalves to eighth.
Tilapia, a mild fish that has been rapidly gaining in popularity, was ninth,
up from 10th place last year and 11th in 2000. It passed flatfish, which
sank to 10th.
Scallops maintained their grip on 11th spot on the Institute's list.
On the Net:
National Marine Fisheries Service: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov
National Fisheries Institute: http://www.nfi.org
In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be
cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the
name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are
at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.
-- Ruth Harrison, author of Animal Machines
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