The sockeye are missing from the Pacific Coast’s most abundant salmon breeding river.

Only one out of ten of the expected bright-red sockeye salmon showed up at Canada’s Fraser River to spawn this summer. Some marine biologists attribute the deaths to the growing number of commercial fish farms that governments on both sides … Continue reading

Crime lab tools can identify mislabeled and smuggled seafood faster and easier and diners might get the fish they pay for.

Food scientists are taking a page out of the crime fighting handbook to figure out whether consumers and restaurants are actually getting the seafood they are paying for. A study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology demonstrates … Continue reading

It's the law. Country of origin must be labeled on many food items but thousands still slip through the government net

There was a time when imported food was coveted, a way to impress your neighbors, friends and colleagues with prosciutto from Italy, sea conchs from Chile, stinky cheese from Denmark, eggplant preserve from Greece, snails from France, and the list … Continue reading

GAO urges caution on ocean fish farms

The big business “farmers” want permission to build sprawling complexes of floating pens, nets and cages in deep water miles offshore. This is the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone, which covers three to 200 nautical miles from shore. Thus, opening shop for anything in this hunk of ocean becomes a matter of federal jurisdiction, not state.

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