An inflationary pattern that took hold of US retail seafood sales earlier this year continues to erode sales gains made since the onset of the global pandemic in early 2020.

Despite the start of Lent on March 2, fresh seafood sales slowed each week as the month progressed. Fresh seafood sales at US supermarkets were $505 million (€466 million) in March, reflecting a 10.4 percent decrease. The volume of fresh seafood sales compared to a year ago was off just under 20 percent.