S.Res.180 - A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the policy of the United States at the 17th Regular Meeting of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in Murcia, Spain.107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Kerry, John F. [D-MA] (Introduced 11/13/2001)|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 11/13/2001 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. Res. 180 Agreed to Senate (ATS)] 107th CONGRESS 1st Session S. RES. 180 Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the policy of the United States at the 17th Regular Meeting of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in Murcia, Spain. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES November 13, 2001 Mr. Kerry (for himself, Ms. Snowe, Mr. Hollings, and Mr. Helms) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the policy of the United States at the 17th Regular Meeting of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in Murcia, Spain. Whereas certain marine species including Atlantic tunas, swordfish, marlins, sailfishes, and pelagic sharks migrate through broad oceanic expanses and traverse the coastal waters of many nations; Whereas, of these highly migratory species, tuna and swordfish stocks in particular support major fisheries and are among the most highly valued of marine species; Whereas due to the transboundary nomadic nature of these highly migratory species, effective efforts to conserve and manage these stocks require international cooperation and coordination; Whereas the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) was established in 1966 to provide international management of highly migratory species; Whereas the highly migratory species managed by ICCAT support extremely important commercial and recreational fisheries in the United States which are vital sources of income to United States fishing communities; Whereas repeated violations of ICCAT conservation quotas and minimum size requirements, circumvention of compliance penalties and other actions have undermined the ability of ICCAT to establish, maintain and enforce conservation and rebuilding plans for overfished species of fish under ICCAT's management authority; Whereas the latest scientific information suggests there is extensive mixing of bluefin tuna harvested in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean region with bluefin tuna harvested in the western Atlantic; Whereas the current level of harvest of bluefin tuna harvested in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean is excessive and must be reduced, and that due to mixing, management measures in the east directly affect the west; and Whereas a failure of ICCAT member nations to enforce quotas, size limits and other conservation measures adversely affects United States commercial and recreational fishermen: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that-- (1) the United States should make full use of all appropriate diplomatic mechanisms, relevant international laws and agreements, and other appropriate mechanisms to ensure ICCAT member compliance with ICCAT conservation measures and quotas, for all species under ICCAT management authority, including bluefin tuna; (2) the United States should press for improved monitoring, recording and reporting of harvesting and compliance information by contracting and non-contracting nations to ICCAT, including systems that will increase transparency of such reporting information, in order to provide the scientific information necessary for effective management of these stocks; (3) the United States should encourage the Commission to identify nations that engage in actions that diminish the effectiveness of the Commission's fishery conservation program, including those engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing for these stocks; and (4) the United States should encourage the Commission to adopt recommendations authorizing the use of enforceable measures, including World Trade Organization-consistent trade measures, to prevent such nations from taking actions that would undermine the effectiveness of conservation and management recommendations of the Commission. <all>