Chefs, Seafood Industry Leaders and Oceana Canada Help Combat Seafood Fraud

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Chefs, restaurant owners and sustainable seafood leaders from across the country have added their names to an open letter urging the government take action to stop seafood fraud. By improving boat-to-plate traceability, the government can help ensure that all fish sold in Canada is honestly labelled, legally caught and fully traceable.

“Seafood fraud affects our oceans, our wallets and our health, as well as the honest fishers and businesses who play by the rules,” said Josh Laughren, Executive Director of Oceana Canada. “Our government has a responsibility to Canadians to ensure that the path from a boat to our plate is fully traceable. This will help consumers know more about what they’re really eating and help the government stop seafood fraud.”

Oceana Canada is committed to protecting seafood consumers, the seafood industry and our oceans from the adverse impacts of seafood fraud.

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Oceana Canada seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were. Canada has the world's longest coastline and is responsible for 2.76 million square kilometers of ocean. This real estate makes Canada one of the world’s major fishing nations, catching 1.1 million metric tons of fish each year, or 1.6 per cent of the world’s wild fish catch by weight, and consistently ranking within the top 25 fish-producing countries in the world. But even with these high yields, Canadian fisheries are performing below their full potential. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management – which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana Canada campaigns for national policies that rebuild fisheries and return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health; reduce the harvesting of depleted fisheries; and avoid impacts to other species. We also work to protect key habitat for fish to breed and grow to maturity. Our campaigns address increasing fisheries management transparency and paving the way to recovery for Canada’s depleted fish populations.

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