The United States consumes far more imported than domestically-caught seafood. Imports grew from 54% of total seafood consumed in 1995 to 94% last year, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The billions of pounds of imported seafood often involve fraud and mislabeling yet are rarely inspected. There are 93 NOAA special agents who investigate civil and criminal cases of black market fishing. Although they often partner with NOAA patrol and other federal and state officers, staffing reductions have strained agents’ capability to investigate complex cases.
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Agent locations and volume
|Key: Pounds of seafood 2013 (imported edible seafood and U.S. commercial landings)|
|Over 1 billion||500 million - 1 billion||100 - 500 million||50 - 100 million||10 - 50 million||Less than 10 million|