Aquaculture Ahi: The Holy Grail of Fish Farming
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We Love Fish
A UH report says Hawaii’s residents eat 37 pounds of fish a year on average, more than double what the average American eats, which is about 16 pounds a year. That means the average Hawaii resident eats about 11.4 ounces of fish a week.
The report, published last year by UH’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, looked at the 10 years from 2000 to 2009 to come up with its estimate of local fish consumption.
When both recreational and commercial fishermen were included, the local supply accounted for 51 percent of the fish eaten, the report found. Foreign sources – mostly from Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines and the Marshall Islands – accounted for 44 percent of the fish Hawaii eats and non-Hawaii U.S. sources accounted for 5 percent. The favorites?
Different species of fresh tuna, including ahi and aku, are the No. 1 choice of Hawaii consumers, followed by salmon. The top species that are caught by noncommercial fishermen are ahi and mahimahi.
Ahi in Hawaii
Ahi landed in Hawaii during 2011:
- 13.28 million pounds of bigeye tuna, worth $53.11 million.
- 3.93 million pounds of yellowfin tuna, worth $9.98 million.
Source: Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region Annual Report 2011
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