Sept. 21 (UPI) — Despite Australia’s international reputation for high quality marine conservation programming, new research out of the University of Queensland suggests Australia’s seafood eaters are regularly consuming engendered species.
The findings, published Monday in the journal Nature Communications, suggest the consumption of endangered fish species isn’t just a problem Down Under — it is a global crisis.
When researchers surveyed commercial catch and seafood import data, they found 92 endangered and 11 critically endangered species of seafood are being caught elsewhere before being imported and sold at grocery stores, fish markets and restaurants in Australia, Europe and elsewhere.
That’s because it’s perfectly legal for commercial fishers to catch species threatened with extinction. Additionally, seafood is not required to be labeled according to its species.
“This means that the ‘fish’, ‘flake’ or ‘cod’ that Australians typically order at the fish and chip shop could be critically endangered,” lead researcher