We’re thrilled the Oregon State Legislature passed a bill to improve record-keeping for fish sold commercially (SB 1550). A big thank you to the legislature and to Senator Arnie Roblan for sponsoring the bill and his support for Oregon’s marine fisheries.
This decision is a positive step towards being able to track Oregon’s fish harvests from the boat to the plate – something that’s become increasingly important to seafood consumers. To help ensure that Dungeness crab and other seafood meet the highest standards of sustainability and quality, we need to know where fish are caught, how they are processed, and how fish and shellfish makes its way to the consumer.
Prior to SB 1550, the different state agencies couldn’t easily share information to track seafood and ensure seafood safety for public health. If a public health issue was identified, the entire Oregon fishery would have to close, even if the problem was only in one small area.
Due to SB 1550, the agencies can now exchange detailed information that can alert the public to health warnings, such as domoic acid in Dungeness crab, while keeping open fishing grounds where domoic acid isn’t found, so consumers can continue to enjoy a safe and tasty seafood meal.
Read more about work happening to safeguard marine fisheries: https://bit.ly/2oxBTvS