Earlier this month, Delegate Eric Luedtke introduced the Maryland Seafood Authenticity and Enforcement Act (House Bill 913) – a bill that would require restaurants and grocery stores to label seafood with the common name of fish or shellfish and prohibit intentional mislabeling. Additionally, it would require that blue crab be labeled with its location of origin. The bill ensures that consumers are provided with the correct information they need to determine how a piece of seafood affects the health of our rivers, bays and oceans.
According to Oceana, 33 percent of the seafood purchased in the U.S. is mislabeled. Without accurate seafood labeling, consumers can be led to believe that their seafood purchase is supporting local fisherman, when they may actually be supporting overfishing or habitat destruction.
The National Aquarium supports the Maryland Seafood Authenticity and Enforcement Act and will be providing testimony for the bill.
Wednesday, February 26
House Environmental Matters Committee
Lowe House Office Building
6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
National Aquarium; Oceana; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Ryleigh’s
Oyster House; Rachel Dean (Patuxent River Seafood, Owner; Calvert County Watermen’s Association, Secretary; Calvert County Oyster Committee, Representative; Tidal Fisheries Advisory, Commissioner; Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission, Interim TFAC Liaison; Solomons Island Heritage Tours, Owner); Bill Sieling (Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association); Jack Brooks (Processor – JM Clayton Seafood in Cambridge); John Rorapaugh (Wholesaler – Profish, Ltd.); Dr. Jillian Fry ( Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health)