Summary: H.R.1651 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (06/26/2000)

Title I: Extension of Period for Reimbursement under Fishermen's Protective Act of 1967 - Fishermen's Protective Act Amendments of 1999 - Amends the Fishermen's Protective Act of 1967 to extend the effective period of provisions authorizing reimbursement to owners of U.S. commercial fishing vessels for certain costs incurred when such a vessel is seized and detained by a foreign country.

Title II: Yukon River Salmon - Yukon River Salmon Act of 1999 - Establishes the Yukon River Salmon Panel. Includes among its duties: (1) advising the Secretary of State on the negotiation of any international agreement with Canada regarding management of salmon stocks originating from the Yukon River in Canada; and (2) advising the Secretary of the Interior on restoration and enhancement of those stocks. Authorizes the Secretary of State to designate Panel members to be the U.S. representatives on any successor to the panel established by a specified interim agreement between the United States and Canada for the conservation of salmon stocks, if authorized by any agreement establishing the successor.

(Sec. 203) Authorizes the Governor of Alaska to establish and appoint an advisory committee of individuals knowledgeable regarding the Yukon River salmon fisheries. Allows committee members to attend all Panel meetings and requires that they be given the opportunity to examine and be heard on any Panel matter.

(Sec. 205) Makes the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game the responsible U.S. management entity for the purposes of any agreement with Canada regarding management of salmon stocks originating from the Yukon River.

(Sec. 207) Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to carry out projects to restore or enhance such salmon stocks.

(Sec. 208) Authorizes appropriations.

Title III: Fishery Information Acquisition - Fisheries Survey Vessel Authorization Act of 1999 - Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to acquire and equip up to six fishery survey vessels. Authorizes appropriations.

Title IV: Miscellaneous - Amends the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 to make it unlawful for any person, other than a person holding a purse seine permit, to: (1) use an aircraft to locate or otherwise assist in fishing for, catching, or retaining Atlantic bluefin tuna; or (2) catch, possess, or retain Atlantic bluefin tuna located by use of an aircraft.

(Sec. 402) Directs the Secretary of Commerce, notwithstanding specified provisions of the Small Business Act relating to awards or contracts and notwithstanding specified Federal regulations, to seek to procure Fisheries Research Vessels through full and open competition from United States shipbuilding companies irrespective of size. Requires, as an award criterion, that at least 40 percent of the value of the total construction and outfitting contract be obtained from small business concerns either directly or through subcontracting.