USA Aquaculture Outlook – Economic Research Service

I was trying to verify the USA tilapia importation figures as quoted in an earlier posting. In the Electronic Outlook Report from the Economic Research Service (Aquaculture Outlook), I discovered:

U.S. tilapia imports surged to over 297 million pounds in 2005, up 19 percent from 2004 and 233 percent higher than in 2000. The value of tilapia imports rose even faster, climbing to $393 million in 2005, 32 percent higher than the previous year and 288 percent higher than in 2000.

One short ton = 2,000 pounds, therefore 297 million pounds = 148,500 short tons; according to Google.

If you are considering exporting aquacultural and related products to the USA, this report represents critical business information. You can subscribe to the Aquaculture Outlook (for free). Outlook examines the U.S. aquaculture industry, including production, inventory, sales, prices, inputs, and trade of catfish, trout, tilapia, salmon, mollusks, crawfish, shrimp, ornamental fish and new species.

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