New Device Spots Fake Fish

by | Feb 5, 2015 | Fish, Science, Technology | 0 comments

fishScientists at the University of South Florida have come up with a device that will allow users to determine if that pricey restaurant fish is actually what is purports to be. The average diner probably would be unable to tell the difference between a pricey grouper versus an inexpensive fish presented as grouper. It is estimated around 30 percent of the seafood entering the U.S. is mislabeled. Add to that the average restaurant mark ups, and what you get on your plate may not be what you paid for. The ‘Grouperchek’ is a hand held device that can be used by anyone who purchases the fish for re-sale, to make sure it is legit. The whole testing process takes about 45 minutes and only costs $30.00. That is a big improvement to the previous tests which could take up to a couple of days for results and cost much more money. The test can also be performed anywhere, and used on raw or even cooked fish. I think you should get what you pay for and this device sounds like an awesome quality control device to make sure you get what you pay for. Because really, isn’t that what everyone wants and deserves? MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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