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Biden Administration Takes On Illegal Fishing

Democratic and Republican senators crossed the aisle in Washington to introduce a bill aimed to cut down on illegal, unregulated and unlicensed (IUU) fishing.

The Fighting Foreign Illegal Seafood Harvest (FISH) Act, introduced by Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan, and Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse would blacklist ships caught engaging in the trade, ban them from U.S. ports and waters and provide further funding for the Coast Guard to challenge the trade.

Illegal fishing is believed to account for as much of a fifth of the world’s catch, feeding populations the size of entire nations, but is replete with connections to organized crime and causes untold ecological damage.

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