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H.R. 1240 (116th): Young Fishermen’s Development Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 4, 2020 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 343

116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 1240

[Report No. 116–429]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 14, 2019

(for himself, Mrs. Radewagen, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Golden, and Ms. Pingree) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

June 4, 2020

Additional sponsors: Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Pappas, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Van Drew, Mr. Soto, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Mr. Richmond, and Ms. Bonamici

June 4, 2020

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on February 14, 2019


A BILL

To preserve United States fishing heritage through a national program dedicated to training and assisting the next generation of commercial fishermen.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Young Fishermen's Development Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Sea grant institution

The term Sea Grant Institution means a sea grant college or sea grant institute, as those terms are defined in section 203 of the National Sea Grant College Program Act (33 U.S.C. 1122).

(2)

Tribal organization

The term Tribal organization has the meaning given the term tribal organization in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304).

(3)

Young fisherman

The term young fisherman means an individual who—

(A)

desires to participate in the commercial fisheries of the United States, including the Great Lakes fisheries;

(B)

has worked as a captain, crew member, or deckhand on a commercial fishing vessel for not more than 10 years of cumulative service;

(C)

is a beginning commercial fisherman; or

(D)

is less than 35 years of age.

3.

Establishment of program

The Secretary of Commerce, acting through the National Sea Grant Office, shall establish a program to provide training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for young fishermen, to be known as the Young Fishermen’s Development Grant Program (referred to in this section as the Program).

4.

Grants

(a)

In general

In carrying out the Program, the Secretary shall make competitive grants to support new and established local and regional training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for young fishermen, including programs, workshops, and services relating to—

(1)

seamanship, navigation, electronics, and safety;

(2)

vessel and engine care, maintenance, and repair;

(3)

innovative conservation fishing gear engineering and technology;

(4)

sustainable fishing practices;

(5)

entrepreneurship and good business practices;

(6)

direct marketing, supply chain, and traceability;

(7)

financial and risk management, including vessel, permit, and quota purchasing;

(8)

State and Federal legal requirements for specific fisheries, including reporting, monitoring, licenses, and regulations;

(9)

State and Federal fisheries policy and management;

(10)

mentoring, apprenticeships, or internships; and

(11)

any other activities, opportunities, or programs, as the Secretary determines appropriate.

(b)

Eligibility

(1)

Applicants

To be eligible to receive a grant under the Program, a recipient shall be a collaborative State, Tribal, local, or regionally based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include—

(A)

a Sea Grant Institution;

(B)

a Federal or State agency or a Tribal organization;

(C)

a community-based nongovernmental organization;

(D)

fishermen’s cooperatives or associations;

(E)

an institution of higher education (including an institution awarding an associate’s degree), or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education; or

(F)

any other appropriate entity, as the Secretary determines appropriate.

(2)

Participants

All young fishermen seeking to participate in the commercial fisheries of the United States and the Great Lakes are eligible to participate in the activities funded through grants provided for in this section, except that participants in such activities shall be selected by each grant recipient.

(c)

Maximum term and amount of grant

(1)

In general

A grant under this section shall—

(A)

have a term of no more than 3 fiscal years; and

(B)

be in an amount that is not more than $200,000 for each fiscal year.

(2)

Consecutive grants

An eligible recipient may receive consecutive grants under this section.

(d)

Matching requirement

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a recipient shall provide a match in the form of cash or in-kind contributions from the recipient in the amount equal to or greater than 25 percent of the funds provided by the grant.

(e)

Regional balance

In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, ensure geographic diversity.

(f)

Cooperation and evaluation criteria

In carrying out this section and in developing criteria for evaluating grant applications, the Secretary shall consult, to the maximum extent practicable, with—

(1)

Sea Grant Institutions and extension agents of such institutions;

(2)

community-based nongovernmental fishing organizations;

(3)

Federal and State agencies, including Regional Fishery Management Councils established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1851 et seq.);

(4)

institutions of higher education with fisheries expertise and programs; and

(5)

partners, as the Secretary determines.

(g)

Prohibition

A grant under this section may not be used to purchase any fishing license, permit, quota, or other harvesting right.

5.

Funding

Of the amount made available to the Secretary of Commerce under section 311(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1861(e)) for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2025, the Secretary shall use $2,000,000 to carry out section 4 of this Act.

June 4, 2020

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed