Could there be an endangered seafood species on your plate?
Illegal Fishing Off the Coast of Gabon (Sept. 6, 2011). (Credit: NOAA)
More than 90% of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported, yet less than 2% of that is inspected. Recent studies have shown that consumers are often served species far different than listed on the menu or label.
Not only is seafood fraud deceptive, it's bad for the world's fisheries and imperiled fish. Providing a market for illegally caught fish drastically undermines efforts to control illegal fishing. Without the ability to know where seafood was caught or even what species it is, consumers can end up with endangered species on their plate!
A Boston Globe investigation
found just that. Highly endangered southern bluefin tuna was being mistakenly sold as the much more prevalent yellowfin tuna. The SAFE Act would begin to address this gaping hole in species protection.
Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge that they support the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood (SAFE Seafood) Act.
*This action is open to United States residents only.