The United States ranks 16th in the world’s total aquaculture production. A compelling case can be made for growing more seafood domestically; the U.S. imports 90 percent (by value) of its seafood, more than half of which is grown via aquaculture in other countries, and Americans are the industry’s third largest consumer in the world.
14.9 Pounds per Person
In 2016, the average American ate 14.9 pounds of seafood, for a total of 4.8 billion pounds consumed by Americans.
In January 2016, NOAA published a final rule implementing the nation’s first regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in federal waters. The rule will expand opportunities for marine aquaculture in the open ocean and will help meet the growing demand for sustainable and local seafood.