There are plenty of fish in the sea. Plenty, also, in the trash.
Of all the food that Americans waste--and Americans waste a lot of food--it's the seafood that never gets eaten that should trouble us most. Few sources of nutrition, after all, are as coveted as fish. They're high in protein, and low in fat. Eating them is associated with all sorts of beneficial health outcomes. And yet, few foods are discarded so frequently.
Between 2009 and 2013, as much as 47 percent of all edible seafood in the United States went to waste, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. And the majority of that is thanks to consumers (both families and food businesses), who buy fresh and frozen fish, but never end up eating it or selling it.