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One Fish, Two Fish, But is It True Fish? (Video)

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(Image credit: Screenshot from Oceana video)

Patrick Mustain, Oceana communications manager and regular contributor to Scientific American Food Matters contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

One name, for one fish — from bait to plate. This month, Oceana has urged the Obama Administration to require species-specific names for all seafood sold in the United States, in addition to full chain traceability—Meaning a fish is tracked from the moment it leaves the water to its final sale to the consumer. The latest analysis from Oceana follows a series of reports that have highlighted rampant seafood fraud and mislabeling across the country, occurring largely because of a lack of effective traceability.

And, fraud and mislabeling aren't the only issues. The fight to end overfishing, slave labor, habitat destruction and fish-consumption health concerns would all benefit from catch documentation, full chain traceability and more information available to consumers. A key piece of effective traceability is identification: Watch the video for a quick overview of the issue, and to learn even more, visit

You can tell the U.S. government that you want One Name for One Fish by signing the Oceana petition. Follow all of the Expert Voices issues and debates — and become part of the discussion — on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. This version of the article was originally published on Live Science.