UPDATE: Seafood Fraud Outside of the US

Written by on April 7, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law
The fish in fish and chips may not be what we're told it is.

The fish in fish and chips may not be what we’re told it is. Photo credit: photo credit: f10n4 via photopin cc.

Oceana recently revealed the nationwide seafood fraud scandal in the United States. A study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia found that Chinese fishing boats are catching 12 times more fish than reported. Now, studies have shown that seafood fraud is fairly common in the UK as well.

Researchers from the University of Salford have found that the cod or haddock that makes up the ‘fish in the popular British dish ‘fish and chips’ isn’t always what it’s supposed to be. Seven percent of cod and haddock turn out to be a much cheaper fish.

Those results are better than a similar study in Ireland which revealed that 25 percent of fish labeled as cod or haddock in shops and markets in Dublin were completely different species.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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  1. Matt Rosen says:

    Come-on China… I thought we only had to worry about your marine-mammal hating neighbors, Japan.