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H.R. 3070 (114th): EEZ Transit Zone Clarification and Access Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 8, 2016 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3070

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 8, 2016

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

AN ACT

To authorize the Secretary of Commerce to permit striped bass fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone transit zone between Montauk, New York, and Point Judith, Rhode Island, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the EEZ Transit Zone Clarification and Access Act.

2.

Recreational fishing in Block Island Sound Transit Zone

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, may issue regulations to permit and regulate recreational Atlantic striped bass fishing in the Block Island Sound Transit Zone.

(b)

Block Island Sound Transit Zone defined

In this section the term Block Island Sound transit zone means the area of the exclusive economic zone north of a line connecting Montauk Light, Montauk Point, New York, and Block Island Southeast Light, Block Island, Rhode Island; and west of a line connecting Point Judith Light, Point Judith, Rhode Island, and Block Island Southeast Light, Block Island, Rhode Island.

(c)

Savings clause

Nothing in this section or the regulations issued under this section shall affect—

(1)

any permit that—

(A)

is issued under any other provision of law by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including a permit issued before the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(B)

authorizes fishing in the Block Island Sound Transit Zone; or

(2)

any activity authorized by such a permit.

Passed the House of Representatives June 7, 2016.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk