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Text of the Fishery Science Improvement Act of 2011

This bill was introduced on November 28, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Nov 28, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1916

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 28, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Thune, Mr. Begich, Ms. Landrieu, and Ms. Murkowski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To exclude ecosystem component stocks of fish from certain annual catch limits and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fishery Science Improvement Act of 2011.

2.

Improvement of scientific data for annual catch limits

(a)

Scientific data required for annual catch limits

Section 104(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–479; 16 U.S.C. 1853 note) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2), by striking and at the end;

(2)

by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (5); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:

(3)

shall not apply to a stock for which a stock assessment has not been performed during the previous 6-year period, if the Secretary has determined pursuant to section 304(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1854(e)) that—

(A)

the fishery is not subject to overfishing of that stock; and

(B)

the stock is not overfished;

(4)

shall not apply to an ecosystem component stock; and

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(b)

Ecosystem component stocks

Section 104 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–479; 120 Stat. 3584) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(e)

Ecosystem component stock

(1)

Definition

In this section, the term ecosystem component stock means a stock of fish that the Secretary determines—

(A)

is a nontarget stock; and

(B)

is not subject to overfishing or overfished.

(2)

Prior determinations

Ecosystem component species as determined by the Secretary of Commerce prior to the date of the enactment of the Fishery Science Improvement Act of 2011, shall be determined to be ecosystem component stocks as defined by paragraph (1) after such date of enactment.

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