Seafood consumption up in U.S.

Alaska pollock is used in fish sticks and fish sandwiches.

More pollock in schools.

Pollock is mild tasting white fish.


Americans seafood consumption is up as fish — especially Alaska pollock — is being served in more schools and on more dinner tables in this country.

 KMXT’s Alyssa Madrid has details.



Americans are eating more fish and seafood according to NOAA. Each year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries compiles statistics from the previous year into what they call ‘an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation.’

How Americans used commercially caught seafood in 2017. Graphic courtesy NOAA.

According to NOAA, American fish and seafood consumption increased nearly 4% in 2017. Pollock, one of the most abundant fish in the world, is included in that percentage.

In a press release, NOAA says that the average American eats about 16 pounds of fish and shellfish a year, as of 2017. U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that Americans eat at least half a pound of seafood a week, adding up to 26 pounds a year. While Americans have room for improvement, in NOAA’s words, the increase of seafood consumption is “significant.”

Pollock is a versatile ingredient found in seafood favorites such as fish sandwiches, fish sticks, and fish and chips.

Its white flaky meat, mild cod-like taste, and delicate texture may appeal to those with a mild pallet.

In an online article, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, or ASMI, says that “due to popular demand, the USDA is now including once-frozen Alaska pollock products in the school lunch programs.”

The Alaska pollock fishery is the largest in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. In 2017 Alaska fishermen landed a near record 3.5 billion pounds.


CLICK HERE to read the report by NOAA on the value and economic impact of American fisheries.

CLICK HERE to read more about seafood consumption in the U.S. Goes to ASMI site.


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