Grouper in Florida are so rare you need a forensic fishologist to identify what's really in your grouper sandwich.
Overfishing and scarcity have pushed up the price of grouper, and cheaper substitutes like Vietnamese catfish are now routinely sold as grouper.
This problem has several dimensions: it cheats you out of your seafood dollars, masks the decline of our precious groupers, and it shows that the seafood business needs better oversight. Who will step up and address these problems?
This is not fresh news. The seafood business seems slow to step up. Where's the outrage from restaurant owners? I think everyone in the seafood business is afraid of rocking the boat. They won't like the outcome if they keep serving fake grouper and refuse to get their fish houses in order.