Industry experts assume that the fishery business will benefit from measures taken to prevent overfishing and from the choices individual consumers are making regarding their purchase of sustainably sourced seafood. In 2019, the production value of U.S. aquaculture industry came to almost 1.5 billion U.S. dollars. In 2020, there was a total of some 2.4 million tons of finfish produced in the Americas in both inland aquaculture and marine and coastal aquaculture.
The focus of the U.S. seafood industry is mainly concentrated on the Pacific region of the U.S., as 5.3 billion pounds of fish were caught in Alaska alone in 2021 and another 950 million pounds caught along the rest of the Pacific coast that year. The leading U.S. state in terms of seafood landings was by far Alaska with 5.6 billion pounds, distantly followed by Louisiana, Virginia, and Oregon. Several cultural dishes in both Alaskan and Cajun cuisine are based on fish and seafood, such as gumbo and seafood boils.
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