According to a new Guardian Seascape survey, 36% of seafood studied was mislabeled.
For exmaple, in 2018, 70% of “snapper” sold throughout the U.K. were actually from 38 other species, including some possibly endangered reef-dwelling species.
The Guardian was careful to note that the results did not mean that a third of all seafood worldwide is mislabeled; only certain species were analyzed, for instance, “meaning it is inaccurate to conclude that 36% of all global seafood is necessarily mislabeled,” The Guardian said.
Likewise, the studies all had different methodologies and samples. “Nor are fish always deliberately mislabeled – although the huge majority of substitutions involved lower-priced fish replacing higher-priced ones, indicating fraud rather than carelessness.”
There’s also a practice known as fish laundering when illegally caught fish is pawned off as legit, British Columbia fisheries economist Rashid Sumaila told The Guardian.
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