New research suggests that nearly half of the seafood supply in the U.S is wasted each year. The total waste of edible seafood in the United States was found to be 3.2 billion pounds yearly. The cause for this seems simply due to consumer waste. The research was conducted due to the recent spotlight on food waste in general. The sustainability of the world’s seafood sources has been in question for several years now. The reason for this being that marine life has decreased in half over the decades. In 2010 The United States Dietary Guidelines encouraged people to increase seafood consumption and other countries followed. But overfishing, climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and the use of fish for other purposes besides human consumption creates a great threat towards the global seafood supply.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Nearly half of U.S. seafood supply is wasted, study shows: Waste adds to other problems threatening global seafood resources such as overfishing, pollution and climate change.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 September 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150923182216.htm>.