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Last week, Oceana released a report that uncovered seafood fraud in iconic Maryland crab cakes. Oceana found that 38 percent of 90 crab cake sampled from the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area were mislabeled, sometimes described as “Maryland” or “blue crab” when they did not contain actual blue crab.

For those who live around the Chesapeake Bay area, you know that Maryland crab cakes made with the local blue crab are a true regional delicacy. Unfortunately, a new study released last week by Oceana found many crab cakes sampled throughout the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas to be mislabeled. Out of 90 samples taken from every-day restaurants to fine-dining locales, Oceana found that 38 percent of the crab cakes were mislabeled. All of the swaps were crabs that had been imported from across the globe, masquerading as the Maryland blue crab.

Last week, Oceana attended an international meeting on blue sharks that was held in Tenerife, Spain, by ICCAT (the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas).  The meeting was the first of two for this year’s assessment of blue sharks in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea – the first ICCAT assessment that has been done for this species since 2008.

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