Fish Fraud in New York City

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

They may look like Red Snapper, but a new report from Oceana says they often aren't. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Dr. Kimberly Warner, senior scientist at Oceana, talks about the findings of her study on mislabeled fish and what it could mean for health, the food market and the price of seafood.


Dr. Kimberly Warner

Comments [9]

glork -- i bought a few bags of gorgeous looking frozen (the only kind of seafood i eat anymore, since it's more likely to be not rotten or sprayed w preservatives) gulf shrimp ( the year before the bp spill) from a "Stop N Shop." They turned out to taste like diesel. I actually called the packager, in LA, and to his credit he apologized, offered to replace, and explained that it was likely the fisherman's boat that was leaking the fuel, asking for the id number of the package so he could track down the problem. still, that was my last shrimp. (and yea, you don't want to eat an asian farm shrimp.)

my other secret source of clean seafood had long been an unspoiled northern Japanese hideaway called Fukushima...

Dec. 12 2012 11:24 AM

Many including myself no longer purchase shrimp or fish from China where they are frequently raised near toxic factory waste water. You'd be surprised how hard it is to find USA gulf shrimp, though.

Dec. 12 2012 11:05 AM
BronaCos from Brooklyn

Where your fish comes from should be identified by law (COOL - Country of Origin Labeling), if not - ASK, if purveyor can't tell you, simply don't buy it and tell them why - they'll start labeling correctly!

Subsitutions are scary, an example!

Monterey Aquarium's Seafood Watch program has a great app to help you make the rightchoices:

Dec. 12 2012 10:41 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Clearly, something fishy is going on here.

Dec. 12 2012 10:40 AM

Credit for this investigation going to Oceana, I hope?

May 25, 2011
Bait and Switch: How Seafood Fraud Hurts Our Oceans, Our Wallets and Our Health

Dec. 12 2012 10:36 AM
lcruz from brooklyn

can we please get a list of the sushi places that were visited ?.

Dec. 12 2012 10:34 AM

Mislabeled; mercury laden; farm-poisoned; endangered; just too old -- fish? No thanks!

These days, I'm stickin' with my GMO Tofurky.

Dec. 12 2012 10:33 AM
Joe from Manhattan

What is mean't by (please define) "the laundering of illegally harvested fish..."
How does one "launder" FISH? Please explain this concept..
Also, how many "ports of entry" are there in the US for imported fish?

Dec. 12 2012 09:52 AM
Hal from Crown Heights

I would like to see all fish for sale labeled by Genus and species.

Dec. 12 2012 09:38 AM

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