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H.R. 628 (117th): Shellfish Aquaculture Improvement Act of 2021

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 628


January 28, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, and Mr. Graves of Louisiana) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend title 46, United States Code, to exclude certain aquaculture workers from treatment as seamen for the purpose of liability in the event of injury or death, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Shellfish Aquaculture Improvement Act of 2021.


Limitation on recovery for certain injuries incurred in shellfish aquaculture activities if a State remedy is available


In general

Section 30104 of title 46, United States Code, is amended—


by inserting (a) In general.— before the first sentence; and


by adding at the end the following:


Limitation on recovery by aquaculture workers

For purposes of subsection (a)—


In general

The term seaman does not include an individual who—


is an aquaculture worker if State workers’ compensation is available to such individual; and


was, at the time of injury, engaged in aquaculture in a place where such individual had lawful access.


Aquaculture worker defined

For purposes of paragraph (1), the term aquaculture worker means an individual who—


is employed by a commercial enterprise that is involved in the controlled cultivation and harvest of aquatic plants and animals, including—


the cleaning, processing, or canning of fish and fish products;


the cultivation and harvesting of shellfish; and


the controlled growing and harvesting of other aquatic species;


does not hold a license issued under section 7101(c) of this title; and


is not required to hold a merchant mariner credential under part F of subtitle II of this title.



Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to injuries incurred on or after the date of enactment of this Act.