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Text of the Fisheries Disaster Assistance Act of 1996

This bill was introduced on February 1, 1996, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 1, 1996 (Introduced).

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HR 2956 IH

104th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 2956

To amend the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986 to authorize the provision of certain disaster assistance to commercial fishermen through State and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 1, 1996

Mr. STUDDS introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


A BILL

To amend the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986 to authorize the provision of certain disaster assistance to commercial fishermen through State and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Fisheries Disaster Assistance Act of 1996’.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENTS TO INTERJURISDICTIONAL FISHERIES ACT OF 1986.

    Section 308(d) of the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986 (16 U.S.C. 4107(d)) is amended--

      (1) in the heading by striking ‘GRANTS’ and inserting ‘ASSISTANCE’;

      (2) in paragraph (1) by striking ‘award grants to persons engaged in commercial fisheries, for uninsured losses determined by the Secretary to have been suffered’ and inserting ‘help persons engaged in commercial fisheries, either by providing assistance directly to those persons or by providing assistance indirectly through State and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, for projects or other measures to alleviate harm determined by the Secretary to have been incurred’;

      (3) in paragraph (3) by striking ‘a grant under this subsection’ and inserting ‘assistance provided directly to a person under this subsection’;

      (4) by amending paragraph (4) to read as follows:

    ‘(4)(A) The Secretary may not award any assistance under this subsection under a fishing capacity reduction program designed to remove fishing vessels and fishing permits from any New England fishery until there has taken effect, after the date of enactment of the Fisheries Disaster Assistance Act of 1996, an amendment to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan that is designed to rebuild stocks of cod, haddock, and yellow tail flounder in a manner that is consistent with requirements under the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (if any are in effect) for rebuilding overfished stocks.

    ‘(B) As a condition of awarding assistance with respect to a vessel under a fishing capacity reduction program described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall--

      ‘(i) prohibit the vessel from being used for fishing; and

      ‘(ii) require that the vessel be--

        ‘(I) scrapped or otherwise disposed of in a manner approved by the Secretary; or

        ‘(II) donated to a nonprofit organization and thereafter used only for purposes of research, education, or training.

    ‘(C) A vessel that is prohibited from fishing under subparagraph (B) shall not be eligible for a fishery endorsement under section 12108(a) of title 46, United States Code, and any such endorsement for the vessel shall not be effective.’; and

      (5) in paragraph (5) by striking ‘for awarding grants’ and all that follows through the end of the paragraph and inserting ‘receiving assistance under this subsection.’.