07/19/2011 06:22 pm ET | Updated Sep 18, 2011

Restaurant Seafood Sales Down, Non-Fried Seafood Consumption Up

Diners are eating two percent less seafood this year, according to a report by the NPD group. Fish consumption, which has been falling steadily for several years, has less to do with ocean-related disasters like the Gulf Oil spill and more to do with the economy and the price of seafood.

The consumption of fried seafood experienced the steepest decline; the consumption of non-fried seafood actually increased one percent. Individuals over 50, the fastest-growing demographic, eat more seafood than the younger generation, and baby boomers prefer non-fried options.

The report did not say whether consumers' opinions about sustainable seafood had anything to do with the results. There is some evidence, at least in supermarkets, that sustainable seafood sales are growing.