Demand for fish products in the U.S. is steadily increasing as population and consumer income expands. Further consumption increases are projected resulting from these same forces. This is particularly true of the highly valued fish and shellfish as well as for fish meal, in which case the demand i sderived form the expansion in broiler production. Fish products landed in Louisiana, that is shrimp, crabs, oysters, and menhaden, will make contributions to this national market and it is therefore important to maintain these fisheries. Other finfish species landed in Louisiana will experience increasing demand if they are offered to the consumer in the highly processed forms similar to the fish products now experiencing significant demand increases.


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