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10 Things you Should Know About Seafood in America
1.Thailand, the largest producer of shrimp for the United States, has some serious problems.
In the last year, Thailand, which provides us with a huge quantity of shrimp every year, was struck by a new shrimp disease called Early Mortality Syndrome. It wiped out a billion dollars worth of shrimp. Then, last month, The Guardian revealed that a portion of the fish meal used to feed Thai shrimp is caught by vessels using slave labor.
2.Some Alaskan salmon make a round trip to China.
Because of the incredible cheapness of Chinese labor, it is more cost-effective for seafood companies to freeze the salmon they catch in Alaska, send it to China, defrost it, bone it, and send back to the United States. This is also true of a large amount of our squid and the “white fish” and “fake crab” rendered from Alaskan pollock.
3.The sixth most popular seafood in America is a fish that can breathe air and that you’ve probably never heard of.
The pangasius catfish is grown mostly in Vietnam and is primarily an export product. When its ponds get too low in oxygen because of overcrowding, the fish can stick its mouths above the surface of the water and take a breath of air. It is one of the few fish species that can do this.
4. The crab in crab cake isn’t necessarily from Maryland.
Because of overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction, the Chesapeake Bay does not produce as much crab as it once did. As a result the crab in crab cakes sometimes comes either from the Gulf of Mexico where there are large blue crab fisheries or from abroad, often from Asia.
5.A large portion of the wild seafood we import comes to us illegally.
Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for a large portion of the global catch. A recent study in the journal Marine Policy found that as much as a 30 percent of the wild fish the U.S. imports comes to us illegally– i.e., it’s outside any management system whatsoever.