Black market fishers, watch out.
The Obama administration announced a major plan to tackle the black market for illegal fishing and seafood fraud, industries that have an estimated cost to the rest of the world of up to $23 billion, and can decimate protected or unstable fish stocks. The initiative will create a traceability program to track seafood from harvest to entry into U.S. commerce and increase enforcement at U.S. ports to keep out illegally-caught seafood.
Traceability for seafood products is sorely needed as seafood fraud runs rampant. A third of fish samples tested at nationwide groceries were mislabeled, according to one 2013 study by Oceana - meaning that customers who thought they were buying Chilean sea bass were actually sold something like Antarctic toothfish.