National Fisherman


All seafood is local, somewhere.

A bill in the state legislature would define "local seafood" as those species caught or grown in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and make it a misdemeanor for anyone to say otherwise.

"My overall philosophy is, don't lie to me," said state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, who introduced the bill last week. "Tell me the truth about what's on the menu."

The bill amends the current state law that covers mislabeling of foods. It prohibits wholesalers or retailers from selling "nonlocal seafood as local seafood." It also extends the prohibition on false advertising of foods to include "the information contained on the menu of any establishment selling seafood."

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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