It is estimated that Americans eat an average of 16.3 pounds of fish or seafood per person, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. According to Datamonitor, the world-leading provider of global business information, Americans will spend $14 billion for seafood products this year, with the majority spent on fresh seafood, rather than frozen or canned seafood. The United States is the third largest seafood market in the world, behind Japan and China.
But where are the best places to buy seafood?
To figure out the best of breed, we asked Luxist readers to nominate their favorite online seafood companies. Each of the top five finalists has one thing in common---they all offer only the finest and freshest seafood available---and they all ship to locations throughout the United States (and elsewhere in some cases).
The top five online seafood companies are:
Dean & DeLuca
Legal Sea Foods
The Fresh Lobster Company
Wild Edibles Seafood Market
Citarella is a top food Mecca in New York City and the Hamptons, while Dean & DeLuca is one of the country's finest online grocers. Legal Sea Foods is famous for its seafood restaurants along the eastern seaboard, while The Fresh Lobster Companywhich is based in America's oldest seaport, specializes in shipping live seafood to its clients. The final nominee, Wild Edibles Seafood Market, which is based in New York, focuses on freshly caught, wild seafood.