A fish by any other name

Global body works to prevent mislabelling, over-fishing

Japanese giant Meiho Fishery says it observes a sustainable catch limit, and tries to avoid catching fish that have not grown to full size.
Japanese giant Meiho Fishery says it observes a sustainable catch limit, and tries to avoid catching fish that have not grown to full size.PHOTO: MEIHO FISHERY

When you take a plate of sashimi off the conveyor belt, do you know its origins? And do you know that fish that are labelled and sold as cod could be something else entirely?

Ms Sheryl Torres-Wu of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an international non-profit, said that without proper certification, cheaper fish like the rockling can often be mislabelled as cod.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2019, with the headline 'A fish by any other name'. Print Edition | Subscribe