Friday, July 19, 2024

Oceana Poll Shows Americans Are Against Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud


A new poll by Oceana shows that Americans are massively in favor of ending illegal fishing, and the eradication of seafood fraud.

Key findings from the wide-ranging poll. Include:

  • 92% of consumers think they should be confident in the seafood they eat, including that it is legally caught, honestly labeled, safe, and responsibly sourced.
  • 87% think that seafood caught using slave labor and human trafficking should not be bought or sold in the U.S.
  • 90% agree that seafood mislabeling is unfair for honest suppliers, restaurants, and fishers.

According to Oceana’s Deputy Vice President for U.S. Campaigns Beth Lowell:

“American consumers shouldn’t have to worry if their seafood was caught illegally or fished using forced labor. All seafood sold in the U.S. should be safe, legally caught, responsibly sourced and honestly labelled. It’s clear that Americans want and need to know more about the seafood they’re eating. President Biden and his administration have an opportunity to lead in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing while leveling the playing field for American fishers and seafood businesses while protecting consumers. It’s a win for everyone.”

You can find out more about Oceana’s seafood transparency campaign here.

You can view the full poll results here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for