Fight seafood fraud in Maryland
Maryland friends: Seafood fraud is at your back door. Last year, we found that 26% of seafood that Oceana tested in the Washington, DC and Maryland area was mislabeled.
And many things that you may care about—like where or how your fish was caught—might not be on the label at all. Some species are often secretly swapped for cheaper or more readily available options, and you can't be sure that your fish was caught sustainably or even legally.
But Maryland is moving toward making your seafood's history more transparent. State Delegate Eric Luedtke has just introduced a bill combating seafood fraud, and we want to make sure this bill gets passed. The bill, called the "Maryland Seafood Authenticity and Enforcement Act," (House Bill 913) presents solid solutions:
- Require seafood to be properly identified at the point of sale (on the label, sign or menu).
- Prohibit sellers from knowingly mislabeling a species.
- Require crab products to be labeled with the state or country of origin.
- Stronger requirements for labeling of the Maryland blue crab, callinectes sapidus.
We should be able to know where our crabcakes come from. Tell your representative TODAY to support the Maryland Seafood Authenticity and Enforcement Act.