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Federal court upholds Seafood Traceability Rule; targets fraud

Big business, lobbyists say it's too costly to make sure the fish they sell is what the labels say it is

A new federal plan to combat seafood fraud by requiring the fishing industry to trace their catches from boat or farm to the U.S. border has survived a court challenge. The Seafood Traceability Rule surfaced during President Barack Obama’s final days in office and is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. For the… Continue Reading

Coastal lawmakers call for ‘bait-to-table’ labeling for ocean fish

Representative Blake Farenthold, R-TX, has reintroduced a bill intended to cut down on seafood fraud and protect American fishermen. He says his Protecting Honest Fishermen Act would level the playing field for Americans who play by the rules and have to compete with foreign fishing operations that mislabel products. Farenthold was joined in the introduction by Rep…. Continue Reading

Oceana going overboard on fish fraud, according to seafood industry group

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is calling into question both the findings and motives of the latest fish fraud study by Oceana, a global environmental group. The action marks a break between the two groups since they previously were largely in sync with one another over the worldwide problem of fish fraud, which is where lesser-value… Continue Reading

Oceana Study: 38 Percent of Supposed Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes are Fraudulent

The Chesapeake Bay’s iconic blue crab is said to carry a distinctly fresh taste that’s prized by locals and tourists alike. But the crab cakes sold as authentically local at some restaurants in the Chesapeake region might actually be fraudulent crab shipped from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new study by Oceana… Continue Reading

Recipe for Better Seafood Safety Opened to Public Comments

Seafood safety, legal fishing, and proper labeling of fish might all benefit from presidential task force recommendations now open to public comments. Scheduled for publication on Dec. 18 in the Federal Register, the “Recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud” cover four general themes: International: Combat… Continue Reading

Report: Bait-and-Switch Tactics Found in One-Third of U.S. Shrimp Sales

Oceana, the oceans conservation group that’s earned a reputation for sniffing out fish fraud, is out with a new study on how consumers are even being fooled by America’s favorite seafood — shrimp purchased at restaurants and grocery stores. In the only known U.S. study using DNA testing on retail and restaurant shrimp, Oceana confirmed… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: ‘Our Fish’


I picked an inopportune moment to ask the top guy for the U.S fisheries industry for a little education on his business. He was among 350-400 participants from 80 nations around the world who were attending Secretary of State John Kerry’s “Our Ocean” Conference in Washington, D.C., last week. Who knew? “Our Ocean” was a… Continue Reading

Report: ‘Bycatch’ Blamed for Nine Dirty Ocean Fisheries Off U.S. Shores

An international conservation organization working to protect the world’s oceans is out with a report naming the nine dirtiest U.S. fisheries. The report says the equivalent of 1 billion seafood meals per year are being thrown back into the oceans. The list contained in the new report from the group Oceana addresses the “bycatch,” which… Continue Reading