Red snapper mislabelling rife in US restaurants: Oceana
Global ocean conservation society Oceana published its US National Seafood Fraud Report earlier this year and this week released some choice stats from the report in the graphic below.
The list of mislabeled fish found in restaurants and supermarkets alone is disturbing but the real concern is: where along the chain from trawler to dockyard to fish wholesaler/supplier to store is the mislabeling occurring?
I guess that’s a major problem facing any watchdog of the fishing industry, as is the lack of consumer knowledge when it comes to the fish being bought. Many people could buy a silk snapper labeled as red snapper and be none the wiser and I doubt whether more than 5 per cent of the population could tell one rockfish from another.
But if a green capsicum (pepper) was labeled as a red one in a supermarket, most would be educated enough to know the difference (not including the colour-blind of course).