Dish was ‘Key West grouper’ in name only
Tom Katz was scrambling for a cover story. The Burlington fish broker faced tough questions from executives at T.G.I. Friday’s. Why was the grouper they received from Katz rubbery and pink, rather than the typical firm white fish? The story of how Katz passed off lower-quality Vietnamese catfish as grouper provides a glimpse into the murky world of the international fish trade. It is a business where species and countries of origin can be easily switched by greedy entrepreneurs.