GSMC: Increase in seafood consumption likely
According to American Seafood Group’s Ron Rogness, the industry can expect to see an increase in seafood consumption.
“Barring any changes on domestic landings and catch…we can expect to see an increase,” Rogness told SeafoodSource at NFI’s Global Seafood Market Conference today in Miami, Florida. “Imports are up consistently across species, and exports don’t factor in,” he said.
Rogness presented at today’s opening plenary at GSMC. According to his presentation, the industry has seen the first two consecutive years’ growth -- from 2013 to 2014 -- in seafood per capita consumption since 2001-2003.
Total consumption increased by approximately 70 million lbs, and unlike 2013, 2014’s increase in imports drove the increase in consumption. There was a reduction in landings since 2013, according to Rogness’s presentation, however, 2014 saw another good year for exports.