Wild-caught seafood is often untraceable – and some industry players don’t want that to change. Here’s why

Sun, 21 May 2023 22:35:10 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The wild-caught fish you buy was landed far away from cameras or scrutiny. So
how do you know it really is what the label says? How do you know it was caught
in a sustainable fishery? Even in regulated fisheries like Australia’s, the
answer is, broadly, you don’t.

That’s because most wild-caught seafood is untraceable. Yes, it could have been
caught sustainably by pole and line fishers. But it could have been relabelled
as a different fish altogether. Worldwide, seafood fraud is rampant. That’s why
conservationists ask fish buyers to use apps like GoodFish to check.

And while technologies now exist to solve this problem and make opaque supply
chains transparent, our new research suggests many players in the Australian
industry are not interested in change – particularly large wholesalers,
processors and fish markets."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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