H.R. 5741 (110th): Shark Conservation Act of 2008

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Apr 09, 2008 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5741

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 9, 2008

(for herself, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Farr, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Hinchey, Mrs. Christensen, and Mr. Gonzalez) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to improve the conservation of sharks.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Shark Conservation Act of 2008.

2.

Amendment of High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act

Section 610(a) of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1826k(a)) is amended—

(1)

by striking so much as precedes paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

(a)

Identification

The Secretary shall identify, and list in the report under section 607—

(1)

a nation if—

;

(2)

in paragraph (1) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively;

(3)

by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (3) as subparagraphs (A) through (C), respectively;

(4)

by moving subparagraphs (A) through (C) (as so redesignated) 2 ems to the right;

(5)

in subparagraph (C) (as so redesignated) by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(6)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

a nation if—

(A)

fishing vessels of that nation are engaged, or have been engaged during the preceding calendar year, in fishing activities or practices that target or incidentally catch sharks; and

(B)

the nation has not adopted a regulatory program to provide for the conservation of sharks, including measures to prohibit removal any of the fins of a shark (including the tail) and discarding the carcass of the shark at sea, that is comparable to that of the United States, taking into account different conditions.

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3.

Amendment of Mangnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Section 307(1) of Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1857(1)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (P)(ii), by striking fishing; and

(2)

by striking the matter following subparagraph (R).