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Seafood safety article was a nice catch

When long-time Baltimore Sun subscribers like myself talk of canceling their subscriptions because they say the quality of the newspaper has declined, I ask if they want to not support having a major daily in our city.

Also, I can point out to them excellent reporting that is being done such as the investigation of local police brutality and financial settlements. Today, I can point to the superb coverage of fraudulent and misleading seafood labeling ("Seafood fraud cases plummet as NOAA cuts investigators," Dec. 7). This story not only has national concern (with over-fishing and 94 percent of our seafood being foreign imports) but local concern as some are repacking foreign crabmeat and labeling it Maryland crab.

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Reporter Catherine Rentz has done a Pulitzer Prize-quality article, traveling and interviewing a massive number of sources — federal investigators, Eastern Shore seafood packagers, local restaurant owners, boatmen fishers, at least a dozen sources in all. The concise writing spread over three pages and showed enormous commitment to put the reader on the scene from a New Jersey field office to New York's Fulton Fish Market and Hoopers Island on the Eastern Shore and display a perspective of national reports and statistics.

Truly an outstanding example of why Baltimore citizens should want to support having a major daily.

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Michal Makarovich, Baltimore

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