Where Our Seafood Comes From

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Wild King salmon in Seattle's Pike Place Market Wild King salmon in Seattle's Pike Place Market (Copyright: Natalia Bratslavsky/Shutterstock)

In 2005, the United States imported five billion pounds of seafood, nearly double what we imported 20 years earlier. But during that same period, our seafood exports also went up dramatically. Paul Greenberg investigates the unraveling of the nation’s seafood supply and tells the surprising story of why Americans stopped eating seafood caught in our own waters. American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood examines New York oysters, Gulf shrimp, and Alaskan salmon to reveal how it came to be that 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat is foreign.


Paul Greenberg

Comments [6]

Dan from NYC

We have a problem with several species of asian carp. They are apparently good to eat. We can kill 2 birds with one stone. Catch and eat them, export them.

Jul. 03 2014 04:22 PM

1. salmon = mercury/heavy metals
2. chicken also processed in china
3. shrimp and catfish feed on feces. handy and somewhat funny for the chinese/vnese pig farmer, but there is a reason they aren't kosher -- dirty.
4. just as the best salmon are largely exported to Japan, the biggest (and therefore most desirable) shrimp are exported there as well, bc Japanese pay top dollar.
5. 40 years ago americans paid 40-50% of wages for food and 20-30% for housing. Today it's reversed. People will swap nuggets for fresh food the year wages go up or housing goes down. In 2014, the money isn't there.

Jul. 02 2014 07:40 PM
Joan from Douglaston

I buy farmed fish from the Faroe Islands. How is this fish nutriitionally inferior to wild salmon?

Jul. 02 2014 12:44 PM
Peter from Queens

How about fresh water fish?

Jul. 02 2014 12:33 PM
Anonymous from Park Slope

FYI Paul - Tilapia "dumped in oil and fried" still tastes very different from grouper, snapper, whiting etc..

Jul. 02 2014 12:24 PM
Matt B from Massapequa

I buy frozen wild Alaska salmon filets (skin on)from Trader Joe's. Is there any way to know if these filets were processed in China?

Jul. 02 2014 12:21 PM

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