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New legislation to help block seafood pirates

New legislation to help block seafood pirates

Congress sent a bill to President Barack Obama last week that would bar seafood companies from dumping illegally caught fish products in the United States.

The bill would implement a 2009 international treaty designed to identify and eliminate illegal and unregulated fishing.

The treaty's aim is to develop a global list of unlawful seafood vessels and businesses and cut them off from all possible markets. So far, 12 countries and the European Union have become parties to the treaty.

The United States is one of the world's top importers of seafood. Roughly 25 percent of the nation's wild-caught imports come from illicit fish trade, according to a study published last year...