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Updated on September 2, 2015

Seafood - Fish and Shellfish

This page has information on fresh seafood including fish, shrimp, prawns, lobsters, crabs, scallops, clams, oysters, mussels, squid, and other delicacies.

Seafood is highly regarded for its flavor, color, and dietary benefits.



In 2006, Americans consumed 4.4 pounds of shrimp, per capita. The United States imported 1.23 billion pounds of shrimp in 2007, a 5.7 percent decline from 2006. Shrimp has been America's favorite seafood since 2001.

Seafood Facts

Americans now spend over $50 billion a year for fishery products, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The National Restaurant Association reported that Americans spent 48 percent of their food budget eating out nearly six times each week in 2008.

Top seafood eaten by Americans include shrimp, canned tuna, pollock and tilapia. Seafood is generally low in fat, high in protein and nutrients, and high in Omega 3.

The USA imports roughly 84 percent of its seafood.


Oysters are prized worldwide for their delicate flavor and the pearls they produce. Eaten raw on the half shell, steamed, single fried, in stew, stuffing or any number of other dishes, oysters are among the favorite seafood dishes. Oysters grow in coastal areas, and are an important part of the ecosystem. They take well to aquaculture and are farmed for both food and pearls.

Eat Seafood at Least Twice a Week!

Dr Somerset, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at Griffith University, has been studying the role of seafood in meeting the latest guidelines on healthy eating from the Australian Government's National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

"The health benefits of seafood are well established and internationally-recognised, particularly in relation to heart health," Dr Somerset said. "A switch to seafood and away from other less nutritionally valuable foods could significantly extend lifespan and quality of life for many Australians."


Swordfish Steaks

The swordfish is a large, open ocean saltwater fish.

Swordfish meat is tender, white and has a distinctive flavor, similar to wahoo.

Swordfish is typically served as grilled steaks.

Dungeness Crabs

The Dungeness Crab is named for the town of Dungeness, Washington, now called Old Town Dungeness, where the first commercial harvesting of the crab was done. The Dungeness Crab is the only important crab harvested in the state of Washington's territorial waters and was the first crab that was caught commercially along the Pacific Northwest Coast of the USA and Canada.

USA Seafood Consumption

U.S. per capita consumption of fish and shellfish was 15.8 pounds of edible meat in 2009. Fresh and frozen finfish accounted for 6.2 pounds while fresh and frozen shellfish consumption was 5.6 pounds per capita. Other forms of seafood included canned and cured products.

The average American ate 16.3 pounds of fish and shellfish in 2007, a one percent decline from the 2006 consumption figures of 16.5 pounds, according to a study by NOAA Fisheries Service.

At least half of the seafood imported to the U.S. is farmed. Aquaculture production in the rest of the world has expanded dramatically in the last 30 years and now supplies half of the world seafood demand, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

America's aquaculture industry, currently meets only a small part of the U.S. demand for seafood. Most of that is catfish. Domestically farmed marine seafood such as oysters, clams, mussels and salmon are also a small fraction of the total seafood consumed in the USA.

The U.S. continues to be ranked the third largest consumer of fish and shellfish, behind China and Japan.

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      Keith Winter 

      6 years ago from Spain

      Great lens. I live in Madrid in Spain and although we are not on the coast we have some of the freshest seafood you can buy. Madrid has one of the biggest fish markets in Europe, where you can find almost any fish and seafood you can think of.

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      polly72 lm 

      8 years ago

      Nice lens

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      10 years ago

      Good lens. Thanks for visiting my lens.

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      10 years ago

      Seafood is usually very good. I would have to say that being from Louisiana my favorite seafood would be crawfish, shrimp comming a close second

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      Paula Atwell 

      10 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Salmon is my absolute favorite fish. We eat it about once a week. Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

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      10 years ago

      Good lens. I like seafoods. Thanks for providing information about seafood.

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      10 years ago

      Great seafood lens. I love grouper. Please visit my Grilled Fish Taco recipe lens.

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      10 years ago

      Also - put it all together in a bowl like:

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      11 years ago

      I'd say you've got a great information here. I love seafoods and I'll be following this lens. THanks.

      Great and Easy Collections of Recipes for Salmon

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      11 years ago

      My father used to fish lobster and crab but now just dabbles with tuna. Seafood is everywhere! $6 a pound for lobsters off the wharf (only in season of course)!! Sorry for bragging.

      I live on Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province and LOVE seafood.

      Fantastic lens 5 stars

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      11 years ago

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      11 years ago

      my best experience with seafood must be a visit to the fish market where they cook the fresh catch!

      nothing beats seafood from the sea straight to my plate!


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