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U.S. Aquaculture Production Infographic
September 21, 2015
U.S. aquatic farmers produced 594 million pounds of seafood in 2012 valued at $1.2 billion, according to the most recent Fisheries of the United States (FUS) report. U.S. marine aquaculture production grew at an average of 8% per year from 2007-2012, mostly due to gains in marine shellfish production. The value of total U.S. aquaculture production now equals about 20% of the value of the U.S. commercial wild catch.
The top U.S. marine aquaculture species are Atlantic salmon ($77 million), oysters ($136 million) and clams ($99 million). While thriving shellfish industries can be found in all coastal regions of the United States, the Pacific Coast states produce the most shellfish ($108.5 million).
Statistics in the infographic can be found in the 2013 FUS report, which NOAA Fisheries compiles as an annual snapshot documenting the importance of fishing and aquaculture to the nation.
You can find more information on the report at the FUS 2013 main page.
Look out for the most recent production values coming soon in FUS 2014.