Seafood consumption on the rise among Americans

In this Aug. 6, 2010 photo, saute cook Ryan Andre holds a "King of Seafood" plate, consisting of pan roasted black drum, jump lump crab meat, wild caught Louisiana white shrimp, Alabama sweet corn and pressed basil in the kitchen of Commander's Palace restaurant in New Orleans. The rich fishing grounds of the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to reopen more than three months crude began gushing from the sea floor. But those who harvest, process and sell the catch face a new crisis _ convincing wary consumers it's not only delicious, but also safe. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
In this Aug. 6, 2010 photo, saute cook Ryan Andre holds a "King of Seafood" plate, consisting of pan roasted black drum, jump lump crab meat, wild caught Louisiana white shrimp, Alabama sweet corn and pressed basil in the kitchen of Commander's Palace restaurant in New Orleans. The rich fishing grounds of the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to reopen more than three months crude began gushing from the sea floor. But those who harvest, process and sell the catch face a new crisis _ convincing wary consumers it's not only delicious, but also safe. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The government says the average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than he or she did the previous year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the statistic Wednesday along with its annual Fisheries of the United States report.

It says per capita consumption of seafood grew to 15.5 pounds in 2015. It was 14.6 pounds in 2014.

The growth brings per capita consumption of seafood to its highest point since 2010.

It’s the biggest jump of its kind in at least 25 years.

NOAA says the jump corresponds with a catch increase. Fishermen brought 9.7 billion pounds of fish and shellfish ashore in 2015. That’s an increase of a little more than 2 percent from 2014.

New Bedford, Massachusetts, had the highest-valued catch from one port.

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