U.S. Issuing New Rules to Curb Illegal Fishing, Seafood Fraud

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Obama administration is issuing new rules it says will crack down on illegalfishingand seafood fraud.

The new protections are called the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. They are designed to stop illegallyfishedand misidentified seafood from getting into stores and restaurants in the U.S.

An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will administer the program. The government says the rules will require seafood importers to report information and maintain records about the harvest and chain of custody offish.

The government says the program will start by focusing on “priority species” that are especially vulnerable to illegalfishing. Those include tuna, swordfish and grouper.

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