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The great seafood rip-off
The great seafood rip-off

When grouper appears on a restaurant menu, a diner ought to be confident that grouper is served, not catfish from Thailand. At the grocery store, a container labeled "Chesapeake Bay" crab meat should actually contain crab from the Chesapeake Bay. And no seafood lover should have to unknowingly support poaching and other forms of illegal ocean fishing when they purchase fish or shellfish to feed their family. Yet the state of enforcement of seafood regulations in the U.S. is abysmal. As chronicled in great detail last Sunday by The Sun's Catherine Rentz, the illegal fish trade and seafood fraud are running rampant and boosted in no small measure by cutbacks within the...