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US pollock, salmon, lobster drive rise in US seafood eports

Pacific cod saw a more difficult time through May of this year.

US seafood exports totaled 578,261 metric tons through May for a value of $2.1 billion (€1.8 billion), a 4.6 percent increase in volume and 10.2 percent increase in value compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the latest data from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The volume of pollock exports, which makes 34 percent of total US exports, increased again this year. They reached 197,902 metric tons through May, a 15 percent rise from this time last year.

The value of pollock also jumped 16.8 percent in the same time period to $553.2 million (€472.2 million).

Here's a look at other big-ticket species that saw gains in the first five months of the year:

  • 34,082 metric tons of salmon worth $190.7 million (€162.8 million), an 11.8 percent increase in volume and 22.8 percent increase in value year-over-year.
  • 9,468 metric tons of lobster worth $163.7 million (€139.8 million), a 28.4 percent increase in volume and 25.6 percent increase in value year-over-year.
  • 11,318 metric tons of crab worth $141.3 million (€120.6 million), a 3.8 percent increase in volume and 15 percent increase in value year-over-year.

Pacific cod did not fare as well.

The US exported 46,011 metric tons of Pacific cod worth $157.3 million (€ 134.1 million) through May, a decrease of 21.6 percent in volume and 12.4 percent decrease in value.

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