Summary: H.R.3697 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.3697. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/11/2019)

Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act

This bill modifies provisions related to fishery management activities.

Among other things, the bill

  • authorizes fishery management councils to use alternative measures as part of management plans at recreational fisheries and for recreational portions of mixed-use fisheries;
  • revises the annual catch limit requirements, including by allowing councils to consider changes in an ecosystem changes and the economic needs of the fishing communities when establishing limits;
  • directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to publish every three years a plan to conduct stock assessments for any species subject to a fishery management plan;
  • requires NOAA to develop a plan for implementing cooperative research with fisherman and outside groups;
  • prohibits feeding sharks in federal waters off the coast of Florida; and
  • sets forth requirements under which a state may encourage the elimination of lionfish.