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Over 90% of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported from other countries. In 2009 alone, this resulted in 5.5 billion pounds of edible fishery products, valued at $14.8 billion dollars.

It's a large industry with a lot of moving parts, some of which aren’t working properly. A 2012 study by Oceana reported that less than 1% of imported seafood is inspected by the government for fraud. The result: in order to maximize profit, several species are mislabeled at various points throughout the supply chain, which means there’s a good chance that the fish you think you're eating isn't that fish at all — that cod isn't cod; that grouper isn't grouper; that tuna isn't tuna.

This can result in severely overpaying for fish at the supermarket and in restaurants. Consumption of fraudulent fish can result in illness. And, in some instances, eating the wrong species of fish could result in death.

In 2014, the U.S. Government tried to address the issue of seafood fraud. The Presidential Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud was established, and in 2015 published its Action Plan for Implementing Task Force Recommendations, which proposed a seafood traceability program. This program, however, requires traceability for only 13 "at-risk" seafood species of the over 1,700 imported seafood species.

The result? Without thorough traceability, there are still gaping holes in the seafood import supply chain where fraud can occur. Oceana's most recent report found on average one in five of the more than 25,000 samples of seafood tested worldwide was mislabeled.

This isn't right. We must call upon the Seafood Inspection Program, and let them know that 13 "at-risk" species is far from enough, that in order to eliminate seafood fraud, traceability must extend to ALL species. Sign the petition so you're so safe in knowing that the fish you're about to eat is the fish you wanted to eat.

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To the Director of the Seafood Inspection Program:

Living in the United States allows many privileges, one being that the country itself is the basis for large, meaningful exchanges of goods. I am grateful for this. I am grateful to be a consumer that has been granted the privilege of choice.

What's unacceptable is when I as a consumer make a choice, pay for that choice, and find out later that I'd been lied to all along, that what I chose to purchase wasn’t ever the item I sought, that it wasn’t ever the item I was told — by advertisements, by labels — I'd be purchasing.

As you're aware, this exact issue has been going on with the seafood our country imports and distributes across from coast to coast. Despite intervention from the U.S. Government, it continues to happen, and I can't stand for it any longer.

It is unacceptable that 20% of the seafood reaching our plates isn’t the seafood we chose.

I write to you to today, requesting you to revise the Action Plan for Implementing Task Force Recommendations, wherein a rule exists to enforce proper traceability of only 13 species of "at risk" fish. Thirteen species simply isn't enough not when the U.S. regularly imports 1,700 different species of fish from countries across the globe.

As it is my right as a consumer to know what exactly I'm purchasing, I urge you to enforce thorough traceability of all species of fish entering the United States.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures

Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 Kathy Mason
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 5, 2018 Deanna Phillips
Aug 3, 2018 James Williams
Aug 3, 2018 Carol McMahon
Aug 2, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Aug 2, 2018 Julie Miller
Aug 2, 2018 Cathy King-Chuparkoff
Aug 2, 2018 Marilyn Appleby
Aug 2, 2018 Lin Westler
Aug 2, 2018 Haley Svec
Aug 2, 2018 Angela Joyner
Jul 31, 2018 Sally Wynn
Jul 30, 2018 Misti Kane
Jul 29, 2018 Wendy Green
Jul 17, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Jul 17, 2018 marie blanche brabant
Jul 10, 2018 S.R.A.. Miller
Jul 6, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jun 30, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 29, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
Jun 28, 2018 Lauren Moch
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yahcy
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 17, 2018 Jan Stark
Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 10, 2018 Virginia Ilardi
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Betty Kowall
Jun 8, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Jun 8, 2018 Gina Hart
Jun 8, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
May 30, 2018 Deborah Albin
May 25, 2018 Alison Aplin
May 23, 2018 alan harper
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Lauren Madican
May 21, 2018 Diane Parks
May 21, 2018 Donna Parker
May 21, 2018 ann martin
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2018 Judith Sheppard
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2018 HELEN JONES
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 4, 2018 laura Haworth

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