American Industry Overview: Prepared Fresh or Frozen Fish and Seafoods

This category covers establishments that prepare seafood, including shrimp cakes, crab cakes, fishcakes, chowders, and stews in raw or cooked frozen form. Prepared fresh fish are eviscerated or processed by removal of heads, fins, and scales. This industry also includes establishments primarily engaged in the shucking and packing of fresh oysters in unsealed containers.

Industry Snapshot

In the late 2000s, according to industry data, there were an estimated 580 establishments that prepared seafood, including shrimp cakes, crab cakes, fishcakes, chowders, and stews in raw or cooked frozen form. States with the highest concentration were Washington, Alaska, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Massachusetts.

Fresh or frozen packaged fish accounted for 38.9 percent in market share, followed by fresh prepared seafoods with 16.3 percent of industry share. Frozen prepared seafoods held 8.7 percent in market share while fresh prepared fish captured 16.3 percent of the market. Other significant categories were fresh crab meat packaged in non-sealed containers with 5.1 percent in market share and fresh prepared shrimp manufacturers with 4.6 percent.