Scientists Calling on U.S. Congress to End Illegal Fishing in Supply Chain
December 13, 2021
Cited article by Brooke Migdon, The Hill
Over 100 concerned scientists are calling on Congress to take action against unsustainable and harmful fishing practices that can be both illegal and violate human rights. Nearly 85% of U.S. seafood is imported, with up to 32% of wild-caught imports originating from illegal or unreported fishing methods. These methods are connected directly with forced labor and human rights abuses, while also being unsustainable.
In 2019, it was reported that 1-in-5 seafood products that were tested in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants weren't the same fish as advertised. This report aligns with the same rates of seafood products globally, which were analyzed as part of 200 fraud investigations. Currently, a large portion of American seafood cannot be traced from boat to plate, while a high number of consumers are eating fish other than what they purchased.
HRRC calls on Congress to take additional action to ensure the seafood supply chain is closely monitored and those found noncompliant be held accountable. U.S. complacency and continued compliance with established practices will continue to enable those using illegal and unreported fishing methods, further contributing to gross human rights violations.