Feds move to stop fishing crimes by tracking seafood imports
BOSTON (AP) -- In an effort to eradicate illegal fishing and seafood fraud, the Obama Administration is launching a fish tracking system that would eventually tell consumers where their fish was caught, processed and stored.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews announced the initiative at the Seafood Expo conference in Boston on Sunday, describing an action plan to stamp out imports of illegally caught fish.
He says the steps the U.S. has taken in environmental stewardship are paying off, but the nation's fisheries remain threatened by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Ninety percent of seafood in the U.S. is imported, and about 1 percent of seafood imports are inspected, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.