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Fresh, local, name your fish: Amid seafood fraud, it may be none of the above

  • Shrimp boats sit at dock in Mount Pleasant, S.C., in this August 18, 2013, photograph. Lawmakers in both state legislatures and in Washington, D.C., have been considering bills that would help to ensure more accurate labeling of seafood. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

    Shrimp boats sit at dock in Mount Pleasant, S.C., in this August 18, 2013, photograph. Lawmakers in both state legislatures and in Washington, D.C., have been considering bills that would help to ensure more accurate labeling of seafood. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Shrimp boats sit at dock in Mount Pleasant, S.C., in this August 18, 2013 photograph. Lawmakers in both state legislatures and in Washington, D.C.,  have been considering bills that would help to ensure more accurate labeling of seafood. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

    Shrimp boats sit at dock in Mount Pleasant, S.C., in this August 18, 2013 photograph. Lawmakers in both state legislatures and in Washington, D.C., have been considering bills that would help to ensure more accurate labeling of seafood. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo Pike Place Fish Market fishmonger Erik Espinoza shovels ice onto fresh fish at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Lawmakers in both state legislatures and in Washington, D.C., have been considering bills that would help to ensure more accurate labeling of seafood. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo Pike Place Fish Market fishmonger Erik Espinoza shovels ice onto fresh fish at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Lawmakers in both state legislatures and in Washington, D.C., have been considering bills that would help to ensure more accurate labeling of seafood. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)  (The Associated Press)

Lawmakers in state capitals and in Washington are working to see that consumers are getting what they think they are getting when buying seafood.

More than 90 percent of America's seafood is imported and mislabeling is rife.

The conservation group Oceana reported last year that 33 percent of the more than 1,200 seafood samples it purchased and tested nationwide were mislabeled. Only seven of the 120 samples of fish purported to be red snapper really were red snapper based on DNA testing.

Lawmakers in states including Maryland and South Carolina have introduced truth in labeling bills.

And the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act has been introduced in both chambers of Congress. It would require information, such as where and when seafood was caught, to follow seafood through final sale.