Dear Minister LeBlanc (MP, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard) and Ms. Mithani (President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency),
As consumers of seafood, we want to know where our seafood comes from, that it is what the label says it is and that it is not harmful to our health or the health of ocean ecosystems.
Seafood fraud has many forms, including selling cheaper fish as a more expensive variety, labelling farmed fish as wild-caught or masking black market fish as legally caught. This not only cheats our wallets and harms our health, but it also hurts honest fishers and contributes to illegal and abusive fishing practices that hurt the health of our oceans.
As concerned Canadians, we are calling on you to require that seafood be fully traceable from the point of final sale back to the point of harvest. Only this way will we end seafood fraud and keep illegal fish out of the Canadian market.