Industry Information about Fish & SeafoodIn 2001 there were 2,980 establishments in the fish and seafood wholesalers industry, down slightly from the 2,992 plants operating in 2002, and the employment stood at 28,405. Fish & Seafood in Jacksonville and New Orleans fish & seafood is representative of such numbers. For example, Louisiana, California, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida had the maximum number of operations, with 2,275 establishments employing a little over 22,000 in 2003. Per capita U.S. consumption set at 15.6 pounds per person in 2002.Recent Trends in Fish & SeafoodAccording to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) statistics, consumers spent approximately $55.1 billion for fish and seafood products in 2002. Food service organizations accounted for $38.4 billion; retail sales for individual consumption were $16.4 billion; and $283.1 million was spent for the manufacturing of fish products. On average this contributed $28.4 billion towards the U.S. Gross National Product.Businesses in This CategoryEstablishments classified in this industry are specifically engaged in the wholesale distribution of fresh, frozen or cured fish and seafood products.
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