SEATTLE - A two-month investigation by the National Conference on Weights and Measures across 17 states, including Washington, found some frozen fish packers illegally including ice in the weight of their products -- and charging up to $23 per pound for it.
A total of 21,000 packages were inspected. In some cases 40 percent of the product was ice.
Consumer advocates warn things could get even worse as budget cuts are putting the jobs of state and federal inspectors on ice.
The world-famous fish tossers at Pike Place Market are among the good guys. Workers there say they've heard of big processors pulling a sort of "bait and switch" with frozen fish, tipping the scales in their favor by packaging ice with their product.
Fish monger Jeremy Ridgway offers one simple tip for people wherever they buy seafood:
"I would just ask to see the fish before they weigh it and after they weigh it and make sure you look at the scale for that price," he said.
He says the best way to protect yourself is to buy fresh fish that isn't pre-packaged.