Fish detectives: the sleuths using ‘e-DNA’ to fight seafood fraud

Fish detectives: the sleuths using ‘e-DNA’ to fight seafood fraud

A Canadian supplier known for wild salmon has teamed up with geneticists to prove what really ends up on the plate

The first notable thing about the wild salmon fillet Dane Chauvel shows me is its colour – a rich red that, even over FaceTime, makes my mouth water. The second notable thing is that it’s definitely salmon.

This might not seem like a debatable fact. Chauvel is co-founder of Organic Ocean Seafood in Vancouver, Canada, housed in a historic building at the mouth of the 854-mile (1,375km) Fraser River, one of Canada’s main salmon courses. The company supplies many high-end restaurants, and wild-caught salmon makes up a large proportion of its sales.

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