IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 17, 2013
Mr. Vitterintroduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To grant exclusive fishery management authority over the red snapper fish in the Gulf of Mexico to certain States.
In this Act:
The termGulf Statesmeans the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
The termSecretarymeans theSecretary of Commerce.
Fishery management rights
Subject tosubsection (b), not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, theSecretaryshall grant to the Gulf States exclusive fishery management authority over the red snapper fish (lutjanus campechanus) in the Gulf of Mexico in the area located between the coast line of each Gulf State and the point that is 200 miles seaward of the coast line of each Gulf State, consistent with the jurisdictional limit of the exclusive economic zone.
Agreement between Governors
The grant of authority undersubsection (a)is contingent on the condition that not later than 180 days after the date on which theSecretarygrants the authority, the Governors of each of the Gulf States—
agree on a fishery management plan governing management of the red snapper fish (lutjanus campechanus); and
certify in writing to theSecretarythat the Governors have entered into that agreement.
If the Governors fail to enter into an agreement underparagraph (1), the authority granted to the Governors undersubsection (a)shall revert to theSecretary.