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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for October 15: National Seafood Month.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

NATIONAL SEAFOOD MONTH

Profile America - Thursday, October 15[sup.th]. October is National Seafood Month, celebrating a nutrient-rich food that is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Because it really does turn out to be brain food, government and health organizations recommend eating two seafood meals each week. Seafood used to be mostly confined to the coastal regions, but with advances in frozen food and the speed of distribution, just about every kind of fish and shellfish is available throughout the country. Americans eat an average of nearly 14.5 pounds of seafood annually, dining on the fishing industry's annual catch of about 9.8 billion pounds. There are nearly 600 seafood product preparation and packaging establishments in the U.S., employing around 31,000 people in an $11 billion a year business. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources: Seafood Month: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/october/ Seafood and health: http://seafoodhealthfacts.org/ Seafood as food for the brain: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/further-confirmation-that-eating-229522 Per capita consumption/p. 1: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/Assets/commercial/fus/fus13/09_percapita2013.pdf Seafood catch/p. 5: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/Assets/commercial/fus/fus13/02_commercial2013.pdf Seafood packaging establishments/NIACS 3117: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table Employees and receipts/NAICS 3117: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2013_31AS101&prodType=table

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov(look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

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