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Introduced in Senate (02/25/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 477


To amend the Act entitled “An Act authorizing associations of producers of aquatic products” to include persons engaged in the fishery industry as charter boats or recreational fishermen, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 25, 2009

Mr. Nelson of Florida introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To amend the Act entitled “An Act authorizing associations of producers of aquatic products” to include persons engaged in the fishery industry as charter boats or recreational fishermen, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Fishermen's Collective Marketing Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Charter boats and recreational fishermen.

(a) In general.—The Act of June 25, 1934 (48 Stat. 1213, chapter 742; 15 U.S.C. 521) is amended—

(1) in the second undesignated paragraph, by inserting “and recreational” after “includes all commercial”; and

(2) by inserting after the first undesignated paragraph the following:

“ Persons engaged in the fishery industry, as charter boat or recreational fishing services providers, may act together in associations, corporate or otherwise, with or without capital stock, in collectively undertaking and marketing such activities and services, including implementing a vessel capacity reduction program, improving the operational and economic efficiency of a fishery, undertaking research, and improving the conservation and management of a fishery resource.”.

(b) Construction.—Nothing in this section or the amendments made by this section shall be construed to diminish or supersede any authority or provision of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.).