IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 21, 2010
Mr. Vitter (for himself and Mr. McCain) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To prohibit trade in billfish and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Billfish Conservation Act of
Statement of constitutional authority
Congress enacts this Act pursuant to article I, section 8, clause 3 of the United States Constitution.
In this Act, the term
means any fish of the species—
Istiompax indica (black marlin);
Istiophorus platypterus (sailfish);
Kajikia albida (white marlin);
Kajikia audax (striped marlin);
Makaira nigricans (blue marlin);
Tetrapturus angustirostris (shortbill spearfish);
Tetrapturus belone (Mediterranean spearfish);
Tetrapturus georgii (roundscale spearfish); and
Tetrapturus pfluegeri (longbill spearfish); and
does not include the species Xiphias gladius (swordfish).
Prohibition on trade in billfish
No person shall offer for sale, sell, import, or export, or have custody, control, or possession of for purposes of offering for sale, selling, importing, or exporting, billfish or products containing billfish.
A violation of the prohibition in subsection (a) shall be subject to penalty under section 308 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1858) and such a violation shall be treated under such section 308 as an act prohibited by section 307 of that Act (16 U.S.C. 1857).