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The Los Angeles Times reports that the US Department of Commerce "is launching a fish tracking system that would eventually tell consumers where their fish was caught, processed and stored ... While seafood industry groups are skeptical about potentially onerous and expensive tracking mandates in some fisheries where there are no problems, environmental organizations lauded the new rules that will roll out over the next few years."

The story notes that "an Oceana study found between 20 to 32 percent of wild-caught seafood imported to the U.S. comes from illegal fishing, either fishing in closed areas, catching threatened or endangered species or using banned gear, that damages marine ecosystems. The illegal takes cost an estimated $32 billion a year."
KC's View:
This is just part of a broad trend that increasingly is going to demand that we are able to know where our food is from, how it has been created and/or raised, and what is in it. There simply is no good excuse for anybody in the food industry to resist complete transparency.