seafood fraud

Presidential Task Force Releases Bold Recommendations for Tackling Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing

Posted Tue, Dec 16, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to illegal fishing, iuu fishing, seafood fraud, seafood misrepresentation, seafood traceability

A presidential task force on seafood fraud released its recommendations today.

The Task Force on seafood fraud released its first recommendations for tackling the issue on December 16. (Photo: Jenn Hueting)

Today, President Obama’s Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud delivered its first recommendations for tackling this issue, which included domestic and international measures to help ensure that seafood sold in the United States is safe, legally caught, and honestly labeled.  Oceana commends the recommendations and says they are a real step forward for fighting illegal fishing and seafood fraud in the U.S. and around the world.


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Ocean Roundup: Task Force Releases Recommendations on Seafood Fraud, Sea Otters Critical to Healthy Marshes, and More

Posted Tue, Dec 16, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to climate change, gulf of maine, north atlantic right whale, sea otters, seafood fraud

Sea otters are important to maintaining healthy marshes

A sea otter in California. Sea otters play important roles in maintaining healthy marsh ecosystems. (Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Today, President Obama’s designated Task Force on tackling seafood fraud released  their first set of recommendations for eliminating the issue. While many conservationists are hailing the recommendations—such as instilling better enforcement and encouraging collaboration among organizations—as a positive first step, they say there is still much work to be done. National Geographic


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Recent Baltimore Sun Articles Highlight Issues with Federal Seafood Fraud Enforcement

Posted Fri, Dec 12, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to iuu fishing, seafood, seafood fraud, seafood fraud cases, seafood traceability

The Baltimore Sun wrote articles on the decline of seafood fraud enforcement

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

The chances are that you’ve eaten seafood sometime recently—whether that be a fish fillet burger, a shrimp cocktail, sushi, or more. But, the seafood you consumed may not be what you think it is—and could be another species, or farmed when it was labeled as wild.


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Ocean Roundup: UN Urges Mangrove Protection, Warming Pacific Waters Could Unlock Layer of Methane, and More

Posted Fri, Dec 12, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to geoduck, illegal fishing, mangroves, methane emissions, seafood fraud, seals

The UN has emphasized the importance of protecting mangroves

Mangroves in Florida. Protecting mangroves has been an emphasis at UN climate talks this week. (Photo: Phil's 1stPix / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Authorities are concerned that oil from a two-mile long oil slick in New Jersey’s Sandy Hook Bay could threaten an endangered population of seals that migrate through the area each winter. Officials are still investigating the cause of the spill. NBC


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Ocean Roundup: Seafood Fraud Cases Declining with Staff Cuts, Settlement Reached for Arctic Drilling Violations, and More

Posted Tue, Dec 9, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to arctic drilling, polar bears climate change, seafood fraud, sperm whales, Taiwan fisheries

A settlement has been reached over safety violations during 2012 Arctic drilling

Tug boats pulling the Kulluk drilling rig after it ran aground near Kodiak Island. The company operating the Kulluk and another oil rig in 2012 has been fined for safety violations. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC—the company that operated oil rigs in Royal Dutch Shell’s 2012 controversial Arctic drilling season—agreed to pay $12.2 in fines for safety violations. The settlement also includes issues with the Kulluk drilling rig, which ran aground in December 2012 off of Kodiak Island. Alaska Dispatch News


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On World Fisheries Day, A Look at Oceana’s Work to Create Sustainable Fisheries (Photos)

Posted Fri, Nov 21, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bycatch, commercial fishing, drift gillnets, longlines, seafood fraud, world fisheries day

November 21 is World Fisheries Day

Splendid Perch (Callanthias platei) with Pampanito (Scorpis chilensis), pictured off the Desventuradas Islands off Chile. (Photo: Oceana)

Every day, commercial and artisanal fishermen set out across the world’s oceans in search of their daily catch. Using harpoons, line-and-hooks, trawl nets, gill nets, and many, many more types of fishing gear, they set out to comb the oceans from the coast to the high seas in search of crab, tuna, swordfish, shrimp, and many more species. Of course, such high fishing pressure takes a toll on the oceans—leaving many fish stocks overfished, and critical habitat like coral reefs and seagrass beds in poor condition.


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CEO Note: New Oceana Study Finds Shrimp Widely Mislabeled around The U.S.

Posted Fri, Nov 7, 2014 by Andy Sharpless to seafood fraud, shrimp, shrimp fraud, shrimp misrepresentation, shrimp report

New Oceana study found widespread mislabeling of shrimp

(Photo: Oceana)

As a supporter of Oceana, you’re already familiar with our campaign to stop seafood fraud. Last week, Oceana released a new scientific report revealing that 30 percent of shrimp products tested from grocery stores and restaurants were misrepresented. The only known study of its kind in the U.S., the report also revealed that consumers are often provided with little information about the shrimp they purchase, including where and how it was caught or even if it was farmed, making it nearly impossible for consumers to make informed and sustainable seafood choices.


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Uncovering Shrimp Seafood Fraud: Diaries from the Field, Part 2

Posted Thu, Nov 6, 2014 by Rachel Golden to seafood fraud, shrimp diaries, shrimp imports, shrimp misrepresentation, shrimp report

Oceana uncovered widespread misrepresentation of shrimp in new report

(Photo: Rachel Golden)

Last week, Oceana released a new report that uncovered widespread misrepresentation of America’s favorite seafood: shrimp. The report found 30 percent of DNA-tested shrimp samples to be misrepresented—often mislabeled for another species or said to be wild caught when it was farmed—across more than 100 restaurants and grocery stores nationwide.


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Five Must-Know Facts about The Shrimp You Eat from Oceana’s Recent Report

Oceana uncovered widespread misrepresentation of shrimp

(Photo: Oceana)

As America’s favorite seafood, there’s a good chance you’ve consumed shrimp before, whether that be as shrimp salad, shrimp scampi, or battered coconut shrimp. And while all of those dishes are absolutely delicious, consumers don’t often realize what they’re getting when they order “shrimp.”


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