seafood fraud

Staff Spotlight: Beth Lowell

Posted Mon, Sep 8, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to beth lowell, beth lowell seafood fraud, seafood fraud, seafood mislabeling, staff spotlight

Beth Lowell directs Oceana's seafood fraud campaign

Beth Lowell. (Photo: Oceana)

Each month, The Beacon features one Oceana staff member, highlighting their role at Oceana and personal history with the oceans. The month’s spotlight is on Oceana’s seafood fraud senior campaign director, Beth Lowell. Take a look below to learn more, and check out previous staff spotlights here.


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California Legislature Passes Seafood Labeling Bill in Big Move for Tackling Seafood Fraud

Posted Thu, Sep 4, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to California seafood fraud, SB 1138, seafood fraud, seafood mislabeling

California Legislature passed SB 1138 to begin to tackle seafood fraud

California Legislature passed SB 1138 to begin to tackle seafood fraud and increase honest seafood labeling. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

In a move that will help to turn the tide on seafood fraud, the California legislature passed a bill (SB 1138) late last Friday evening that will help consumers make more informed purchasing decisions for their health and for the health of our oceans. The Senate passed the bill in a vote of 25-10, directly following passage off the Assembly floor in a vote of 57-15.


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New Report Touts Economic Benefits of Seafood Traceability

Posted Mon, Aug 18, 2014 by Leah Powley to Fish for Future, iuu fishing, seafood fraud, seafood traceability

Seafood traceability has economic benefits

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

A new report on the economic benefits of seafood traceability provides compelling evidence for adoption of the practice throughout the seafood industry. Written by Future of Fish, an ocean-focused nonprofit organization, the report makes the case that seafood traceability not only serves to insure a company’s product integrity, but it also provides an added value to the product.


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Miami’s True Nature Seafood Company Fined $1 Million in Seafood Fraud Case

Posted Thu, Aug 7, 2014 by Leah Powley to Chilean steelhead trout, seafood fraud, seafood mislabeling, True Nature seafood company

Miami’s True Nature Seafood Company Fined $1 Million in Seafood Fraud Case

A seafood market in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

It turns out Oceana isn’t the only one looking into seafood fraud; just this week, a huge seafood fraud bust in Florida was announced. And thanks to President Obama’s pledge to tackle the issue, we may see additional efforts to stop seafood fraud and illegal fishing in the future. 


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Deceptive Crab Mislabeling Causes Members of Congress to Call for Action

Posted Wed, Jul 30, 2014 by Leah Powley to blue crabs, crabs, seafood fraud, seafood mislabeling

blue crabs are mislabeled leading to seafood fraud

Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus). (Photo: Bob Simmons / Flickr Creative Commons)

By Leah Powley

Seafood fraud in the Mid-Atlantic region is causing new concern among area watermen and their Congressional representatives. According to crab fishermen in Maryland and Virginia, imported crabmeat is being packaged in the United States, relabeled, and then sold as a “product of the U.S.” This mislabeling—illegal under U.S. law—has gathered attention from the area’s Congressional representatives, who are calling on President Obama to address this seafood fraud.


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Ocean News: U.S. to Auction Off New Jersey Area for Offshore Wind, Baby Sea Turtles Found to Make Noises, and More

Posted Fri, Jul 18, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to baby sea turtles, Indus river dolphin, offshore wind, offshore wind New Jersey, seafood, seafood fraud

Offshore wind farm

An offshore wind farm. (Photo: Kim Hansen / Flickr Creative Commons)

- A New York-based seafood company and its executives pleaded guilty in federal court for fish fraud. The executives underreported the amount of summer flounder they caught between June 2009 and December 2011 by 56,000 pounds and used false documents to ship fish to customers. The Wall Street Journal


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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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