Mislabeled salmon, shrimp have biggest environmental toll

SMEA Assistant Professor Sunny Jardine
SMEA Alumna Katrina Chicojay Moore

A study by Arizona State University, the University of Washington and other institutions examined the impacts of seafood mislabeling on the marine environment, including population health, the effectiveness of fishery management, and marine habitats and ecosystems. Co-author and SMEA Professor Sunny Jardine helped to design a statistical analysis to compare the product on the label with the one that was actually consumed. SMEA alumna Katrina Chicojay Moore was also a co-author. “It’s important to consider mislabeled consumption, rather than mislabeling rates, when thinking about the various biological and environmental impacts of mislabeling,” Jardine said. The effects of seafood mislabeling are not just environmental, the authors write, but also economic and social, affecting seafood consumers and the sustainable fishing industry. Read the full article featured on UW news.