The consumption of fish in the United States has continued to fall for the seventh consecutive year.
The latest figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that in the past year, Americans who eat fish, ate an average of four per cent less than in the previous year.
Relative to figures for 2006, the drop amounts to a considerable 14 per cent.
The drop is being attributed to the cost of fish and the downturn in the world’s economy.
Not entirely unexpected, says one seafood promotion body with a representative remarking: “I’m not surprised, I’m disappointed. I hate to see a number like that.”
Groups pushing for an end to fish eating find the figures very encouraging.
Mercy for Animals, whose 2010 undercover investigation exposed horrific cruelty at a fish slaughter facility, say the reduced demand for fish may partly be due to more awareness of the suffering involved.
“Perhaps Americans are waking up to the cruel realities behind fish farming and killing,” a spokesperson said.
“To hasten the decline of US fish consumption, visit ChooseVeg.com and learn more about adopting a cruelty-free vegan diet.”
It’s similarly good news from Spain. It may record the highest fish consumption in the EU, but Europa Press has reported that the Spanish are now eating less “fresh” fish, frozen fish, canned fish and seafood in general.
Since 2008, the drop has been over 8 per cent.
Originally published in Vegan Future newspaper. The newspaper is now available to read online