Stop Seafood Fraud
The seafood Canadians eat should be safe, legally caught and honestly labelled
By providing consumers with accurate information about their seafood purchases, we can make choices that are healthier for ourselves and for our oceans.
Seafood is popular among Canadians, yet we are routinely given little or no information about exactly what it is we’re eating. The information we are given can be misleading, which affects our wallets and our health. This undermines honest businesses and fishers that play by the rules, and puts our oceans at greater risk.
Chefs, restaurant owners and sustainable seafood leaders from across the country have joined Oceana Canada to help stop seafood fraud. Together, we signed an open letter calling on the government to take action and ensure that all seafood sold in Canada is honestly labelled, legally caught and fully traceable
Oceana has been working to tackle seafood fraud by exposing it globally, conducting extensive DNA testing and lobbying for a final rule to address illegal fishing and seafood fraud in the United States. Canadian consumers expect and deserve the same information and protections, and Oceana Canada is campaigning to expose seafood fraud in Canada, improve traceability in our supply chain and provide essential information to consumers.
Seafood is a global commodity. It follows a long and complex supply chain that lacks transparency. This resource serves as an important source of protein for millions of people every day, yet seafood fraud is a global problem that prevents this food from being provided in a way that is sustainable and safe.
Seafood fraud comes in many forms, including species substitution—often a low-value or less desirable seafood item swapped for a more expensive or desirable choice—improper labelling, including hiding the true origin of seafood products, or adding extra breading, water or glazing to seafood products to increase their apparent weight.
Seafood fraud is also a Canadian problem: recent studies have revealed that between 19 and 41 per cent of Canadian seafood samples are mislabeled. According to a 2015 Oceana Canada-commissioned research poll, approximately 25.8 million Canadians eat seafood regularly. These consumers expect the food they purchase to be safe, nutritious, legally caught and correctly identified.
Establish national regulations requiring seafood sold in Canada to be fully traceable from boat to plate. These regulations would prevent consumers and responsible businesses from being defrauded and have the conservation benefit of reducing illegal fishing and supporting sustainable fisheries.
Seafood should to be honestly labelled and fully traceable from boat to plate
What We Do
We are an independent charity committed to rebuilding Canada’s oceans by winning policy victories that increase biodiversity and abundance through science-based fisheries management. We do this by running campaigns – leveraging law, science, grassroots mobilization and communications – designed to achieve specific policy outcomes that will make a difference for the health of our oceans. Oceana Canada is focused on stopping overfishing, rebuilding fish populations, reducing bycatch, protecting habitat and ending seafood fraud.
Oceana around the World
We are proud to be affiliated with the international family of Oceana organizations. Oceana, Inc., founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. The Oceana family includes organizations in Brazil, Belize, Chile, the European Union, Peru, the Philippines and the United States. Globally, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than 2.5 million square kilometres of habitat.