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US continues to gobble up more seafood

Both the value and volumes imported through May were on the rise.

The United States continued to see growth in seafood imports through May, with a strong increase in volume and value compared to May of last year, according to new statistics released by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The United States imported 1,135,256 metric tons of seafood through May worth $8.9 billion (€7.6 billion), a 0.8 percent and 6 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, compared to May 2017.

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The largest product category was shrimp, accounting for 22 percent of imports in May. The United States imported 253,925 metric tons worth $2.39 billion (€2.03 billion), a 9 percent and 7 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, compared to May 2017.

Tuna imports amounted to 121,581 metric tons worth $762 million (€648 million), an 8 percent increase in volume and a 21 percent increase in value from May of last year.

Salmon imports reached 165,038 metric tons worth $1.7 billion (€1.4 billion), a jump of 9 percent in volume and 6 percent in value compared to May of last year.

Meanwhile groundfish imports came in at 74,960 metric tons through May at $409 million (€348 million), a decrease of 2 percent in volume and an increase of 8 percent in value compared to last year.

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