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Text of the Rhode Island Fishermen’s Fairness Act

This bill was introduced on April 11, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 11, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1504

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 11, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Cicilline) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to add Rhode Island to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rhode Island Fishermen's Fairness Act .

2.

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

Rhode Island fishermen participate in fisheries managed by the New England Fishery Management Council (hereinafter referred to as the NEFMC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (hereinafter referred to as the MAFMC).

(2)

Rhode Island currently has voting membership on the NEFMC under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act but does not have voting membership on the MAFMC.

(3)

Rhode Island lands more MAFMC-managed stocks than any other MAFMC member except the State of New Jersey.

(4)

A higher percentage of Rhode Island’s commercial landings (by weight or value) traditionally have come from species that are managed by the MAFMC as compared to species managed by NEFMC.

(5)

MAFMC has found that Rhode Island’s circumstance parallels that of Florida and North Carolina, which each have voting membership on two different fishery management councils.

3.

Addition of Rhode Island to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Section 302(a)(1)(B) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1852(a)(1)(B) ) is amended—

(1)

by inserting Rhode Island, after States of;

(2)

by inserting Rhode Island, after except North Carolina,;

(3)

by striking 21 and inserting 23; and

(4)

by striking 13 and inserting 14.