Magnuson-Stevens
Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Public Law 94-265

As amended through October 11, 1996


AN ACT

To provide for the conservation and management of the fisheries, and for other purposes.

J.Feder version (12/19/96)


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Sec. 2. Findings, purposes, and policy.
Sec. 3. Definitions.
Sec. 4. Authorization of Appropriations.

TITLE I -- UNITED STATES RIGHTS AND AUTHORITY REGARDING FISH AND FISHERY RESOURCES

Sec. 101. United States sovereign rights to fish and fishery management authority.
Sec. 102. Highly migratory species.

TITLE II -- FOREIGN FISHING AND INTERNATIONAL FISHERY AGREEMENTS

Sec. 201. Foreign fishing.
Sec. 202. International fishery agreements.
Sec. 203. Congressional oversight of international fishery agreements.
Sec. 204. Permits for foreign fishing.
Sec. 205. Import prohibitions.
Sec. 206. Large-scale driftnet fishing.
Sec. 206a. Denial of port privileges and sanctions for high seas large-scale driftnet fishing.

TITLE III -- NATIONAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Sec. 301. National standards for fishery conservation and management.
Sec. 302. Regional fishery management councils.
Sec. 303. Contents of fishery management plans.
Sec. 304. Action by Secretary.
Sec. 305. Other requirements and authority.
Sec. 306. State jurisdiction.
Sec. 307. Prohibited acts.
Sec. 308. Civil penalties and permit sanctions.
Sec. 309. Criminal offenses.
Sec. 310. Civil forfeitures.
Sec. 311. Enforcement.
Sec. 312. Transition to sustainable fisheries.
Sec. 313. North Pacific fisheries conservation.
Sec. 314. Northwest Atlantic Ocean fisheries reinvestment program.

TITLE IV -- FISHERY MONITORING AND RESEARCH

Sec. 401. Registration and information management.
Sec. 402. Information collection.
Sec. 403. Observers.
Sec. 404. Fisheries research.
Sec. 405. Incidental harvest research.
Sec. 406. Fisheries systems research.
Sec. 407. Gulf of Mexico red snapper research.

Appendix


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Numbers in boldface indicate the number of the Public Law that amended the following provision. Boldface comments marked with asterisks were inserted by the editors.

*Bracketed material with an asterisk is text that is added, or replaces underlined language, and will be effective on the date the Agreement between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Maritime Boundary enters into force for the United States. See P.L. 102-251

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