Food companies have paid more for fresh seafood because they’re concerned about climate changes, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The agency said the prices charged to seafood suppliers rose by about $10 billion in the year ending June 30.
The increase, the latest in a string of increases, was mainly driven by a 1.6 percent increase in the cost of the raw materials used in the production of seafood, which includes fish, shrimp, lobster, shellfish, crab, and shrimp.
The data is from the latest price index, or PPI, which uses the prices of the cheapest raw materials to calculate what prices should be charged to customers.
The price increase in June was more than twice the average of the last five years.
The rise came amid an industry backlash over a proposed rule aimed at protecting coastal communities from rising sea levels.
The White House said the rule was too restrictive, saying it would “require every U.S. seafood producer to maintain and improve their processes to minimize coastal damage and increase coastal resilience to coastal flooding.”
The Trump administration has said the rules are necessary to protect the health of communities.
The new data showed that overall, the price of seafood rose 4.2 percent last year.
The cost of raw materials and other inputs for the production increased by about 10 percent.
However, the prices for seafood were higher than in previous years because the cost to produce the raw material had been rising faster than the price for that raw material.
Seafood producers had been anticipating the price rise, said Mark Schleicher, senior vice president of seafood at the National Aquaculture Federation, a trade group.
The group said it’s not unusual for the price index to go up and down in the same month, and the recent spike was particularly pronounced.
“The data is consistent with the notion that producers are paying for it and that it’s going to continue to go down, which we hope will be a deterrent for producers to raise prices,” Schleacher said.
Seafloor shrimp prices rose 2.5 percent, and other shrimp prices were up 1.8 percent.
A study by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that by 2050, global demand for seafood will increase by about 12 percent from what it was in 2015.
The study found that the U,S.
and China combined will consume about 8 billion tons of fresh seafood by 2050.
The U.K. and France are among the biggest buyers of seafood.
The United Kingdom’s annual seafood consumption is about 7.5 billion tons, the agency said.
The average price for raw materials rose 3.9 percent in the first three months of the year.
Seafoil, a leading seafood processor in the U., saw prices rise 4.7 percent.
That’s about a 6 percent increase, compared with the year-ago period, according for the industry.
It’s the first time that the price has increased since the data was released in January.
The industry was already worried about rising sea-level rise.
In April, the U-N.
panel that sets food standards said the United States and China are the two largest producers of seafood in the world.
China, which has been the biggest producer of seafood since the Industrial Revolution, will likely overtake the U.-S.
as the world’s largest exporter of fresh fish by 2030, the panel said.