Summary: H.R.12864 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/25/1978)

Amends the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 to add to its purposes the establishment of Regional Fishery Management Councils as the primary bodies for the preparation of fishery management plans.

Requires the Secretary of Commerce to review any such plan immediately upon receipt. Establishes a procedure to be followed for review by the affected Regional Council of plans not approved by the Secretary.

Authorizes any Council to prepare an emergency plan if such Council finds that an emergency involving a fishery resource exists.

Establishes in the Treasury of the United States a Foreign Fishing Enforcement Fund consisting of fees paid to the Secretary by foreign fishing vessels for fishing permits. Requires the Secretary to use the moneys in the fund only to enforce the provisions of the Act with respect to foreign fishing.