Oceanus Magazine
Back to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Homepage

Images: Where Will We Get Our Seafood?

A salmon rose, part of a sashimi dinner set. More than 80 percent of the seafood eaten in the U.S. is imported, and most of the imported seafood is farmed.

((Wiki Commons))

World fishery production from 1950 to 2009. Wild fisheries are declining, as 80 percent of assessed  fish species are fully or over-exploited, while aquaculture is increasing globally as a source of seafood production, according to the United Nations Food and Aquaculture Organization. (Stefania Vannuccini, Fishery Statistician, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics and Information Service)

The top seafood importers and exporters by dollar value in 2009, from United Nations Food and Aquaculture Organization statistics. U.S. seafood exports make up 5 percent of the global market value, while seafood imports account for more than 14 percent of the total value of global seafood trade, creating a significant seafood trade deficit for the U.S. ("Other" indicates many nations with very small import or export amounts.) (Stefania Vannuccini, Fishery Statistician, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics and Information Service)

Women on the island of Zanzibar, off Tanzania, set up a shellfish farm in 2006 after working with Hauke Kite-Powell, research specialist in the WHOI Marine Policy Center. Kite-Powell is working with fishing communities, scientists, and nonprofit groups to promote aquaculture as an ecologically sound way to increase seafood yield for human consumption, provide jobs, and produce a saleable product. (Photo by Hauke Kite-Powell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

In May 2011, marine policy specialist Hauke Kite-Powell brought together a broad group of aquaculture experts for a WHOI-funded Morss Colloquium to discuss global seafood consumption trends and the future of aquaculture. Kite-Powell (at podium) and other experts gave public presentations on the issues facing U.S. aquaculture. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)