Author: Camillo Catarci Published by: FAO/GLOBEFISH, Rome, Italy Published in: April 2008 No. of pages: 44
Summary Fish consumption in Italy grew from 11.8 kg/pc in 1961 to 25.1 kg/pc in 2003. The main group of products purchased by Italian families is fresh seafood, with 50 percent of purchases, followed by frozen seafood (23 percent) and canned seafood (20 percent). Due to the increasing consumption and declining domestic supply, Italy is a net importer of seafood. Italian seafood imports increased from 353 300 tonnes in 1976 to 970 100 tonnes in 2006, molluscs being the main commodity imported and Spain being the main country of origin. Like in many other developed countries, the seafood processing sector in Italy is gradually being restricted to the niche of quality preparations.