Seafood catch in America reached a new record high in 2011 after 17 years were at a stable level. All fishing regions from West coast to East coast showed significant increases in term of volume and value of their catches. According to a report provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in term of volume, Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is the number one port and brought in 706 million pounds of seafood in 2011. In term of value, New Bedford, Massachusetts, is the top spot and registered $369 million worth of seafood in 2011.
In the West coast, Alaska’s fishermen brought in 5.4 billion pounds of seafood. Alaska is the number one seafood producer in America and followed by other states including Louisiana, California, Virginia and Washington. Alaska’s fishermen also registered $1.9 billion in the value of the total catch. Aside of being the top volume, Alaska is also the number one seafood money maker and followed by other states including Massachusetts, Maine, Louisiana and Washington.
China is the number one nation to consume a lot of seafood, America is the number two. While America’s fishermen harvested more seafood in 2011, however, Americans ate less seafood in 2011. People in America ate about 15 pounds of seafood per person in 2011, compared to 15.8 pounds in 2010, a slightly drop of 0.8 pounds (or a drop of 5%).