The National Aquarium and Factors Row will test legislators taste buds as they try two crab cakes, one made with imported crabmeat and the other made with local Maryland crabmeat. Will they be able to guess which is which?
This taste test shines a light on the growing concern of mislabeled seafood. Earlier this month, Delegate Eric Luedtke introduced the Maryland Seafood Authenticity and Enforcement Act (House Bill 913) – a bill aimed to reduce the mislabeling of seafood and to provide consumers with a basic knowledge of where their crabmeat comes from.
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.
“As a chef, I believe diners deserve to know what they are eating and where it comes and therefore support the idea of legislation to protect honest sourcing,” said Keith Long, executive chef at Factors Row. “At our restaurant, we hope to shrink the gap between consumers and producers. While it would be easier to source imported crabmeat because of its price, consistency and shelf life, Factors Row takes pride in sourcing an authentic local product.”
The National Aquarium and Factors Row support the Maryland Seafood Authenticity and Enforcement Act. The Aquarium joined conservation partners, Oceana and Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as watermen and other members of the Maryland seafood industry to testify on behalf of this bill on February 26.
Monday, March 10
Lowe House Office Building
6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
National Aquarium, Maryland Seafood, Factors Row, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oceana