US HB404 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress

Status

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-6)
Status: Introduced on January 21 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-01-21 - Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Pending: House Natural Resources Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

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.

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Title

Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act of 2021

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History

DateChamberAction
2021-01-21HouseReferred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
2021-01-21HouseIntroduced in House

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