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Text of A bill to grant exclusive fishery management authority over the red snapper fish in the Gulf of Mexico to certain ...

...to certain States.

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 17, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 17, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 747

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 17, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To grant exclusive fishery management authority over the red snapper fish in the Gulf of Mexico to certain States.

1.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Gulf State

The termGulf Statesmeans the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

(2)

Secretary

The termSecretarymeans theSecretary of Commerce.

2.

Fishery management rights

(a)

In general

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.

(b)

Agreement between Governors

(1)

In general

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—

(A)

agree on a fishery management plan governing management of the red snapper fish (lutjanus campechanus); and

(B)

certify in writing to theSecretarythat the Governors have entered into that agreement.

(2)

Reversion

If the Governors fail to enter into an agreement underparagraph (1), the authority granted to the Governors undersubsection (a)shall revert to theSecretary.