The South Carolina House is considering a bill that defines "local" seafood as seafood from the state's fishermen and makes it a misdemeanor for restaurants and retailers to put the "local" label on fish from other states or countries. Foreign competition drove down the state's seafood industry revenue from $48 million in 1995 to $24 million in 2004, even as worldwide consumption grew, and South Carolina seafood sellers say the measure is needed to let consumers know whether what they're eating actually comes from local waters.

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