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Seafood Consumption Up in America, Delmarva Restaurants See The Difference

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than in the previous year.

The statistic was part of NOAA's annual Fisheries of the United States report. It said that in 2015, the per capita consumption of seafood was 15.5 pounds. In 2014, it was 14.6.

Jeff Hamer owns a series of Fins restaurants across Delmarva. He says he's seen more people ordering seafood dishes at his restaurants, and thinks television and diets may be why.

"With the proliferation of food networks, chef shows and things like that, I think you're seeing a lot more people trying fish for the first time because they see it on TV," he told WBOC. "And with the paleo diets, blood type diets, elimination diets, I think people are tending to pull away from their carbs and eating a lot more protein."

The 15.5 pound per capita consumption marks the highest per capita seafood consumption since 2010. The 0.9 pound jump is the biggest increase of its kind in the last 25 years.

NOAA says in addition to a growth in consumption, 2015 saw a larger catch as well. Fishermen brought in 9.7 billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2015-- about 2 percent more than 2014.

Chris Bisaha is a co-owner of The Henlopen City Oyster House. He says their restaurant has benefited from the large catch and increased popularity as well.

"It's been a huge success for us. As far as seafood goes, every year it's more and more," he says. "There's more things available right now. You can get things from all over the country--like from Hawaii--flown in now. It's nice to have a lot of choices."

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