AP Investigation: Sustainable seafood dealer sold fishy tale

Surrounded by ice, commercial fishing boats are docked in their slips after more than a week's worth of frigid weather froze the harbor in Lake Montau

A tuna imported from South America sits on a table waiting to be filleted at the New Fulton Fish Market in New York on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. A vast va

Fishmongers prepare orders for buyers at the New Fulton Fish Market in New York on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The nine-acre refrigerated warehouse just out

Boxes containing imported headless tuna sit on a pallet on Thursday, July 6, 2017, marked to be picked up by a driver from the Bob Gosman Co., at the

Tuna loins sit on ice for buyers from restaurants and wholesalers at the New Fulton Fish Market in New York on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Slabs of the impo

Fishermen at the Majuro port in the Marshall Islands unload yellowfin tuna on Feb. 1, 2018, for Luen Thai Fishing Venture, one of the companies that w

Boxes containing imported headless bigeye tuna sit on a pallet on Thursday, July 6, 2017 marked to be picked up by a driver from the Bob Gosman Co., a

Fishermen at the Majuro port in the Marshall Islands unload yellowfin tuna on Feb. 1, 2018 for Luen Thai Fishing Venture, one of the companies that wa

A fishmonger cuts the loins from a yellowfin tuna imported from South America at the New Fulton Fish Market in New York on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Mo

A fishmonger rinses swordfish carcasses just pulled from their shipping containers at the New Fulton Fish Market in New York on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

A fishmonger pulls tilefish for a buyer at the New Fulton Fish Market in New York on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The U.S. seafood industry is worth $17 bill

A fishing trawler makes its way through the inlet into Lake Montauk to bring its catch to one of three commercial docks in Montauk, N.Y., on Tuesday,

Protected from high seas by the safety of Lake Montauk, calm waters lap up against the pilings that support some of the Bob Gosman Co. complex in Mont

A fishing trawler passes Gosman's Dock as it enters the inlet to bring its catch to another commercial dock on Lake Montauk in Montauk, N.Y., on Tuesd

Federal agents gather documents for evidence during a raid on Gosman's Dock in Montauk, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Sea To Table's supplier in M

Michele Gosman talks on her phone during a raid by NOAA agents at Gosman's Dock in Montauk, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Sea To Table's supplier

Recreational fishing boats sit in dry dock wrapped in plastic in Montauk, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. With many of the saltwater fishing season

Luen Thai Fishing Venture boats are docked at the Majuro port in the Marshall Islands on Feb. 1, 2018. Luen Thai is one of the companies that was supp

Sulistyo, left, an Indonesian fisherman who was forced to work on a foreign trawler that delivered fish to a Sea To Table supplier, watches local fish

A fishmonger pulls boxes of whole tunas from an airline shipping container in New York on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. More than 90 percent of all seafood t

A forklift driver makes his way to the loading dock to move an order of seafood onto a truck at the New Fulton Fish Market in New York on Monday, Jan.

A fishing trawler makes its way to open water from Montauk, N.Y. for a day trip to fish off the coast Long Island on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (AP Photo

MONTAUK, New York (AP) — An Associated Press investigation finds that a leading sustainable seafood distributor who promised wild-caught, domestic fish traceable back to a dock has been duping chefs across the U.S.

Reporters traced the supply chain of New York-based Sea To Table to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, poaching and the slaughter of sharks, whales and dolphins.

Other seafood promoted as "just landed" at one dock was actually trucked in from other states.

Sea To Table's CEO says his intention was never to mislead customers, but he will take steps to avoid confusion.

He says he strictly prohibits imports and is temporarily suspending business with two suppliers to investigate.