Senate Bill 273
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act
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Amendments
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Passed Senate on Sep 14, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Feb 8, 2021
Latest Action
Sep 17, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
273
Congress
117
Policy Area
Public Lands and Natural Resources
Public Lands and Natural Resources
Primary focus of measure is natural areas (including wilderness); lands under government jurisdiction; land use practices and policies; parks, monuments, and historic sites; fisheries and marine resources; mining and minerals. Measures concerning energy supplies and production may fall under Energy policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
California
California
Delaware
Passed
September 14, 2021
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with amendments by Voice Vote.(text: CR S6481)
Summary

Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act

This bill addresses certain driftnet fishing. Driftnet fishing is a method of fishing in which a gillnet composed of a panel or panels of webbing, or a series of such gillnets, is placed in the water and allowed to drift with the currents and winds for the purpose of entangling fish in the webbing.

Currently, the use of large-scale drift gillnets with a total length of 2.5 kilometers or more is prohibited in the United States.The bill expands the definition of large-scale driftnet fishing to prohibit the use of gillnets with a mesh size of 14 inches or greater. This expanded prohibition does not apply within the U.S. exclusive economic zone for five years.

The Department of Commerce must conduct a transition program to facilitate the phase out of large-scale driftnet fishing and to promote the adoption of alternative fishing practices that minimize the incidental catch of living marine resources.

Commerce must award grants to program participants.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council may recommend and Commerce may approve regulations that require charter operators to pay fees on vessels that harvest Pacific halibut in specific International Pacific Halibut Commission regulatory areas.

Text (2)
September 14, 2021
February 8, 2021
Amendments (1)
Sep 14, 2021
Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 3827
To amend the fees provision.
Agreed To
Actions (9)
09/17/2021
Held at the desk.
09/17/2021
Received in the House.
09/15/2021
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
09/14/2021
Passed Senate with amendments by Voice Vote. (text: CR S6481)
09/14/2021
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with amendments by Voice Vote.(text: CR S6481)
09/14/2021
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S6480-6481)
09/14/2021
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation discharged by Unanimous Consent.
02/08/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S574-575)
02/08/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Record Created
Feb 9, 2021 5:42:11 AM
Record Updated
Sep 27, 2021 5:45:06 PM