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More than 80 percent want new safeguards against seafood fraud and mislabeling

Pike Place Fish Market fishmonger Erik Espinoza shovels ice onto fresh fish at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 3, 2013.
Pike Place Fish Market fishmonger Erik Espinoza shovels ice onto fresh fish at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 3, 2013. AP

- A new survey by Oceana finds more than 4 of 5 Americans want new regulations to eliminate seafood fraud and mislabeling of fish in the United States.

The survey found that support for traceability requirements – like documenting how and where various types of fish were caught or farmed – was high among registered Democratic voters – 87 percent and Republicans – 81 percent.

The national survey by Oceana, an international ocean conservation group, queried 1,000 registered voters from September 15-19.

It found 71 percent believe seafood fraud is a problem, 76 percent would pay more to know their seafood products are legally caught and labled correctly, while 88 percent feel it’s important to know the kind of seafood they’re consuming.

A U.S. presidential task force looking at the problem of seafood fraud announced a proposed rule in February to establish a tracing program for the international harvest of 13 types of seafood considered at risk for fraud.

“American consumers have a right to know more about their seafood, including what kind of fish it is, and how and where it was caught or farmed,” said a statement from said Beth Lowell, senior campaign director at Oceana. “Without full-chain traceability for all seafood, consumers will continue to be cheated, hardworking, honest fishermen will continue to be undercut, and the long-term productivity of our oceans will continue to be in jeopardy.”

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