seafood fraud

Oceana Thanks Congressional Supporters for Launching Seafood Traceability Efforts

Posted Wed, Jun 25, 2014 by Beckie Zisser to black market fish, illegal fishing, obama seafood fraud commitment, seafood fraud, seafood traceability

Seafood fraud and seafood mislabeling occurs all over the world

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Last week was big for our oceans. Following a two-day summit at the State Department that brought together world leaders, NGO representatives, marine scientists, and other stakeholders to address key ocean issues, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced important new initiatives to protect our oceans from a number of serious threats. In particular, he announced a new effort to fight seafood fraud and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing that will include establishing full-chain traceability for seafood sold in the U.S.


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President Obama’s Commitment to Tackle Seafood Fraud Gathers Widespread Media Coverage

Posted Tue, Jun 24, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to obama seafood fraud, our ocean conference, our ocean media coverage, seafood fraud, seafood traceability

A fish market in Jessup, Maryland that promotes seafood traceability.

A fish market in Jessup, Maryland that promotes seafood traceability. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting) 

Last week, President Obama announced his commitment to tackle seafood fraud and illegal fishing at the Our Ocean conference — a huge victory for both the oceans and consumers. U.S.


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Ocean News: "Our Ocean" Conference Closes with Major Victories for the Oceans

Posted Wed, Jun 18, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to leonardo dicaprio foundation, marine protected areas, obama our ocean, our ocean conference, seafood fraud

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, an area in the Pacific Remote Islands Ma

Pink coral gardens of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, an area in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument that Obama committed to expanding yesterday.  (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Flickr Creative Commons)

- On Monday, the president of the Pacific island nation Kiribati announced that he’ll ban all commercial fishing in the country's Phoenix Islands Protected Area by 2015. Though these islands are small, they're home to some of the most abundant coral reef archipelagos in the Pacific.


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Ocean News: Obama Makes Big Moves for Tackling Seafood Fraud and Protecting Marine Habitat, and More

Posted Tue, Jun 17, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to crayfish, ocean acidification, ocean news, our ocean conference, our oceans, president obama, seafood fraud

President Obama vowed to combat seafood fraud and illegal fishing

A fish market in Jessup, Maryland. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting) 

- In a video announcement released at the Our Ocean conference today, President Obama announced that he will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. This Monument contains some of the most pristine tropical ecosystems in the world, but is vulnerable to ocean acidification and climate change. The Associated Press


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FDA to Update Mercury Consumption Advisory

Posted Wed, Jun 11, 2014 by Madeleine Simon to FDA mercury regulation, mercury, mercury standards, seafood fraud, seafood labeling

Blue fin tuna is on the FDA's advisory for mercury consumption

Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in a tuna cage near the water’s surface. (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating their mercury-advisory guidelines for the first time in ten years, and is taking a new approach to advising mercury consumption: encouraging informed intake rather than avoidance.


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Oceana Launches Global Seafood Fraud Map

Posted Wed, Jun 11, 2014 by Rachel Golden to mislabeled seafood, safe seafood, seafood fraud, seafood fraud campaign

Seafood fraud and seafood mislabeling occurs all over the world

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Seafood mislabeling and fraud occurs all over the world, but the global scope of the problem is just becoming understood now.


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Ocean News: California Gets Closer to Cutting Seafood Fraud, Fabien Cousteau Dives Underwater for a Month, and More

Posted Tue, Jun 3, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to fabien cousteau, ocean news, seafood fraud

Coral off of the Florida Keys, USA.

Brain coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis) in the Florida Keys, where Fabien Cousteau just embarked on a 31-day underwater journey. (Photo: Oceana / Houssine Kaddachi)

Welcome to the first “Ocean News” post! Going forward, Oceana will be posting a daily round-up of the top ocean news from the previous day, ranging from heart-warming stories of entangled whale rescues to new research on sea level rise. Stay tuned for more!


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What’s in Your Maryland-Style Crabcake?

Posted Wed, Feb 12, 2014 by Suzie Hodges to maryland, safe seafood, seafood fraud

(Photo: Benjamin Wilson)

For seafood lovers in Maryland, and for many around the U.S., there’s one fact that rings true: there’s nothing like a good Maryland crabcake. That rich, lumpy goodness comes from the Maryland “blue crab,” callinectes sapidus, and the dish is a cultural and culinary staple for the entire state. So, naturally, some people will do anything to protect them.


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States Begin Taking Seafood Fraud Into Their Own Hands

Posted Mon, Feb 10, 2014 by Beth to local seafood, seafood fraud

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Coastal states take great pride in providing their consumers with fresh, locally caught seafood. But ask yourself this…how do we know that what’s on the menu is what we’re actually being served?

Last year, Oceana released the results of a nationwide study, which found that 33 percent of the more than 1,200 seafood samples it tested were mislabeled, according to FDA guidelines.


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