IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 28, 2011
Mr. Nelson of Florida (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
To exclude ecosystem component stocks of fish from certain annual catch limits and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as
Fishery Science Improvement Act of
Improvement of scientific data for annual catch limits
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—
in paragraph (2),
and at the end;
by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (5); and
by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:
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—
the fishery is not subject to overfishing of that stock; and
the stock is not overfished;
shall not apply to an ecosystem component stock; and
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:
Ecosystem component stock
In this section, the term ecosystem component stock means a stock of fish that the Secretary determines—
is a nontarget stock; and
is not subject to overfishing or overfished.
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.