H.R.788 - Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act of 2019

H.R.788 - Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act of 2019

1/24/2019

116th CONGRESS
1st Session
 
 
H. R. 788

 

To amend and enhance the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act to improve the conservation of sharks.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 24, 2019

Mr. Webster of Florida (for himself, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mr. Young, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Jones, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Yoho, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Posey, and Mr. Higgins of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend and enhance the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act to improve the conservation of sharks.

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 “Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. PURPOSE.

The purpose of this Act is to establish a certification process to ensure that foreign nations engaging in shark trade into or through the United States conserve and manage populations of sharks in a manner that is comparable to regulatory programs in the United States and that effectively prohibits the practice of removing shark fins and discarding the carcass at sea.

SEC. 3. SHARK CONSERVATION AND TRADE FAIRNESS CERTIFICATION.

Section 610 of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1826k) is amended—

Section 608(a) of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1826i(a)) is amended—

    Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall revise section 300.324 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, to include rays and skates in the species and species groups specified in subsection (a)(2) of that section.

    SEC. 6. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to preempt any Federal or State law establishing additional or more stringent requirements than the requirements of subsection (g) of section 610 of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1826k), as added by section 3.