seafood fraud

Congress Advances Legislation to Fight Pirate Fishing, Keep Illegally-Caught Seafood Out of U.S. Market

Posted Fri, Sep 19, 2014 by Beckie Zisser to and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act, Illegal, iuu fishing, seafood fraud, seafood fraud task force, unreported

Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act passed

Illegal driftnets in the port of Tangiers, Morocco.  (Photo: Oceana)

The House Natural Resources Committee took a significant step forward yesterday in the fight against illegal fishing and seafood fraud, passing the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act (H.R. 69) by unanimous consent. It’s now headed to the House floor.


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Oceana Provides Comments to President Obama’s Task Force to Tackle Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud

Posted Wed, Sep 10, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to iuu fishing, president obama seafood fraud task force, seafood fraud, seafood mislabeling

Oceana provided comments on President Obama's seafood task force

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

Late last month, the public comment period closed on the President’s Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud. During the comment period, the Task Force held four public meetings: two webinars and two in-person meetings, one in Seattle, Washington, and one in Washington, D.C. Oceana provided comments at both in-person meetings and submitted written comments as well.


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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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