BAHRAIN, Iraq — A majority of Americans are eating more fish than they would if the government stopped taxing fish sales, according to a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A report released Thursday found that for the first time since 2005, more Americans are consuming more fish per capita than they did in 2013.
About 5.5 billion pounds of fish were consumed last year in the U-19 age group.
That was up from about 5.3 billion pounds in 2013, the latest year available.
But the fish consumption among 18- to 34-year-olds has fallen from a peak of about 3.2 billion pounds last year.
In 2013, about a third of adults ate fish, according the EPA’s report.
The report said there is no reason to believe that the decrease in consumption is a result of increased awareness about the health risks of eating seafood.
It also found that Americans eat more fish in restaurants than they consume in the homes they live in.
In the past five years, the consumption of salmon has more than doubled in the last five years than it did in the previous five years.