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‘Fish Fraud’ Is Rampant. Here’s How to Fix It

October 24, 2017 from Wall Street Journal:

Fish "Fraud is rampant: A 2016 study by the ocean conservation advocacy group Oceana revealed that as much as a third of seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled. Put another way, your “local” red snapper could be farmed Asian catfish or some other bottom-feeding species that was caught using illegal methods or even slave labor."
"Dock to Dish 2.0, uses recent advances in vessel traceability to offer live, public tracking of fishing boats and delivery vehicles, along with information about who caught the fish and how and—perhaps most important—when it was caught."
"Around 90% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported—compared with less than 25% of fresh vegetables and 14% of beef. Fish can pass through a dozen hands and travel thousands of miles before reaching the plate. And there are no legal requirements to document its journey."
"till, it’s unclear how far Dock to Dish’s technology will spread without government regulations requiring it. Paul Greenberg, who has written extensively about American fisheries, doubts consumers know enough about seafood fraud to place a value on live tracking, and he believes price will be an obstacle. Tracking is designed to promote local, sustainable catch, which is often more expensive than its imported competition, and many people, according to Greenberg, will be unwilling or unable to pay. "

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