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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

Sep 22, 2017 Carol Wellman
Sep 22, 2017 Janina Kowa
Sep 21, 2017 Kat Klahn
Sep 20, 2017 Josie Avalos
Sep 19, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 19, 2017 cindy takaht
Sep 19, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
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Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
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Aug 31, 2017 Carol Hendrickson
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
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Aug 29, 2017 Alyssa Oggiono
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Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 23, 2017 Roxy Hirsche
Aug 23, 2017 Becky Anderson
Aug 22, 2017 Louise Broderick
Aug 22, 2017 Kim Hanke
Aug 20, 2017 maria carranza
Aug 20, 2017 dana newsom
Aug 19, 2017 tamatha hunter
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Aug 12, 2017 Jieun Bak
Aug 10, 2017 Ashley Wang
Aug 10, 2017 Marco Escalante
Aug 10, 2017 J Barney
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 7, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 5, 2017 Karin Lindberg
Aug 3, 2017 Sigrid Carter
Aug 3, 2017 J. Scott
Aug 3, 2017 Dagmar Goebelbecker
Aug 2, 2017 Ornella Micone
Jul 29, 2017 Sheila Ward
Jul 28, 2017 Jean Soderling
Jul 28, 2017 brian meegan
Jul 28, 2017 Laurine League
Jul 27, 2017 Jill Giencke
Jul 25, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Jul 24, 2017 Ligaya Alona
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby
Jul 23, 2017 Mariam Michaela
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Georgia Shankel
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben

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