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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

Feb 17, 2018 H R
Feb 17, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Feb 17, 2018 David Young
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 11, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Feb 5, 2018 Mark Butler
Jan 15, 2018 Robert Furem
Jan 7, 2018 joy throssell
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Heide-Marie Henniger
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Mickey Sandridge Please protect us from these unscrupulous vendors so we know what we're eating.
Nov 11, 2017 mercy myers
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 8, 2017 Betsy Gudz
Nov 8, 2017 Maryse Marc Fioramonti Vernede
Nov 7, 2017 nerea herrero
Nov 6, 2017 whitney Hendrix
Nov 4, 2017 Albert Chou
Nov 4, 2017 Sue Mitchel-Runow
Nov 3, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Nov 2, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton
Nov 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2017 Maryanne Thompson
Oct 29, 2017 Sarah Gensler
Oct 29, 2017 John and Robbie Wertin
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 26, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 26, 2017 Gina Arens
Oct 26, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Oct 26, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Oct 25, 2017 Alysa` Waring
Oct 23, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Oct 23, 2017 Lisa Denning
Oct 21, 2017 Arrie Hammel
Oct 21, 2017 Charles Calhoun
Oct 20, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 18, 2017 Swetlana Frei
Oct 15, 2017 Dani Maron-Oliver
Oct 14, 2017 celia perigord
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Caren Leidig
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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