H.R. 2706 (112th): Billfish Conservation Act of 2012

Jul 29, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 112-183.
Jeff Miller
Representative for Florida's 1st congressional district
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Last Updated
Sep 25, 2012
2 pages
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This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 5, 2012.

Introduced Jul 29, 2011
Referred to Committee Jul 29, 2011
Reported by Committee Aug 01, 2012
Passed House Sep 10, 2012
Passed Senate Sep 22, 2012
Signed by the President Oct 05, 2012
Full Title

To prohibit the sale of billfish.


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25 cosponsors (17R, 8D) (show)

House Natural Resources

Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

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10/5/2012--Public Law.
Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 - Prohibits any person from offering billfish or billfish products for sale, selling them, or having custody, control, or possession of them for purposes of offering them for sale or selling them.
Treats a violation of this Act as an act prohibited by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Subjects a person to a maximum civil penalty of $100,000 for each violation, with each day of a continuing violation constituting a separate offense.
Exempts billfish:
(1) caught by U.S. fishing vessels and landed in the state of Hawaii or the Pacific Insular Areas (PIAs); or
(2) landed by foreign fishing vessels in the PIAs when the foreign caught billfish is exported to non-U.S. markets or retained within Hawaii and the PIAs for local consumption.
Defines "billfish" as any of the following: (1) blue marlin, (2) striped marlin, (3) black marlin, (4) sailfish, (5) shortbill spearfish, (6) white marlin, (7) roundscale spearfish, (8) Mediterranean spearfish, or (9) longbill spearfish. Excludes swordfish from such definition.

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