A fishy name game

The Gazette (Montreal)
15 Jul 2004
Page: A10
Byline: Margaret Munro

A biologist who ran DNA checks on seafood sold in the US. In Canada, the federal government allows more than 20 different species of fish to be sold as snapper, most of them in no way related to the real thing.

UBC Fisheries Centre senior research fellow Reg Watson says a more honest system is needed.

"We obviously need better information to make better choices," says Watson. It should be clear what fish are and where they come from, he adds.

He says the "red snapper" sold in stores is just one of many fish with confusing or misleading labels.