H. R. 2504
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To ensure fair treatment in licensing requirements for the export of certain echinoderms.
Exemption of exportation of certain echinoderms from permission and licensing requirements
Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shall amend section 14.92 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, to clarify that—
fish or wildlife described in subsection (b) are fishery products exempt from the export permission requirements of section 9(d)(1) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1538(d)(1)); and
any person may engage in business as an exporter of such fish or wildlife without procuring permission under such section of that Act or an export license under subpart I of part 14 of such title.
Covered fish or wildlife
The fish or wildlife referred to in subsection (a) are members of the phylum Echinodermata that are commonly known as sea urchins and sea cucumbers, including products thereof, that—
do not require a permit under part 16, 17, or 23 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations;
are harvested in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States or are processed in the United States; and
exported for purposes of human or animal consumption; or
taken in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States or on the high seas for recreational purposes.
Passed the House of Representatives February 5, 2018.
Karen L. Haas,