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Value of US seafood imports continues to climb through September

Stronger pricing for tuna, salmon and crab lift the levels despite flat volumes.

US importers spent nearly $16.8 billion (€14.8 billion) on seafood through the first nine months of the year.

The overall value was a 4 percent rise over the same period last year, thanks in part to strong prices for Atlantic salmon, tuna, crab and whitefish.

Atlantic salmon imports were at $2.6 billion (€2.3 billion) through September, up 8 percent over the $2.4 billion (€2.1 billion) during the same period last year.

Salmon import volumes, too, continued to climb, reaching 243,512 metric tons, a rise of 10 percent.

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Shrimp imports, including both coldwater and warmwater, were up in volume by 4 percent to 491,054 metric tons in the period, but the value of those imports declined by 4 percent to $4.4 billion (€3.9 billion) from this time last year.

Crab import volumes were down 9 percent to 82,569 metric tons, but the value of imports rose by 3 percent to $1.7 billion (€1.5 billion).

Tuna imports rose sharply through September by both volume and value, to 206,960 metric tons worth $1.3 billion (€1.1 billion), an increase of 15 percent and nearly 4 percent respectively.

Groundfish imports declined slightly to 134,375 metric tons, but the $740 million (€650 million) in value was a 6 percent rise over the same period last year.

Overall seafood import volumes remained flat through September at 2.1 million metric tons.

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