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Endangered fish populations hurt by fraudulent sales

Many people may not be aware of the fraudulent practices that go into sales of fish to consumers, according to a new report from the Mother Nature Network. According to MNN, only two percent of the seafood imports into the U.S. go through FDA inspection. Thus, some fish are being sold as wild fish when they are actually endangered animals or imported fish.

"Seafood fraud ...undermines the general impression about how well a particular species may be doing in the ocean. If everywhere you go, you see red snapper for sale, you're not necessarily going to be believe the scientists who say red snapper's in trouble," Hirshfield told the news source.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) helps to protect about 1,400 plants and animals throughout the country, according to the New York Times. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a new effort recently to improve implementation of the ESA. However, as long as we are unaware of where certain fish come from - where they were originally caught - it is hard to cut down on the seafood fraud.
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