Law change sought to keep fish farmers out of jail

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas congressman is seeking a change in a wildlife protection law to prevent fish farmers from risking jail time if they mistakenly ship the wrong kind of fish.

    U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford has introduced a bill that would let fish farmers off the hook if they accidentally include an undocumented fish in a shipment.

    Under the current law, which was passed in 1900 and broadened in 1981, shippers could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for sending the wrong fish across state lines.

    Crawford says farmers shouldn't face the threat of being prosecuted while simply doing their jobs.

    Crawford says his bill would make allowances for accidental infractions but would leave the intent of the bill intact.

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