Seafood can be a very important part of a healthy and balanced diet. The quality and quantity of our seafood is tightly linked to the health of our oceans and other aquatic systems.
Here are some facts you may not know about the seafood we eat:
Americans consume close to five billion pounds of seafood every year. That works out to be approximately 15.8 pounds per person.
About half of the seafood we eat is wild caught, the other half is raised through aquaculture.
Approximately 90% of the seafood that we consume in the U.S. is imported.
Oddly enough, a portion of that 90% was actually caught here in the United States, exported for processing and re-imported.
Oceana estimates that 25-70% of the seafood we eat is mislabeled.
What does all of this mean? That, oftentimes, there is a long and complicated journey involved in getting seafood on your plate – but there doesn’t have to be. If we supported more local seafood suppliers, we could ensure a fresher seafood choice, minimize opportunities for mislabeling, support our own fishing communities, and become better advocates for the healthy aquatic environments all of these fish depend on.
Here at the National Aquarium, we are committed to increasing public awareness and understanding of sustainable seafood practices. As part of those outreach efforts, I’m excited to announce that our Chief Conservation Officer, Eric Schwaab, will be headed to SXSW Eco next week to participate in a panel on sustainable aquaculture and the future of seafood!
Stay tuned to the blog for future stories on sustainable seafood throughout the month of October!