Bycatch Reduction Agreements
Section 202(h)(l) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) states that the Secretary of State, in cooperation with the Secretary of Commerce, "shall seek to secure an international agreement to establish standards and measures for bycatch reduction that are comparable to the standards and measures applicable to United States fishermen for such purposes in any fishery regulated pursuant to this Act for which the Secretary [of Commerce], in consultation with the Secretary of State, determines that such an international agreement is necessary and appropriate." Similar provisions are contained in both the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Section 202(h)(3) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act requires that the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of State, submit annually to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives a report describing actions pursuant to Section 202(h)(l) of the Act.
For more information, contact :
Patrick E. Moran
Trade and Marine Stewardship Division (F/IA2)
Office of International Affairs
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Highway, Room 12605
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: (301) 713-2276
Fax: (301) 713-2313