The Central, Western, and South Pacific Fisheries Development Act (16 U.S.C. 758e-758e-5; Pub. L. 92-444, as amended) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a program for the development of tuna and other fisheries resources of the Central, Western, and South Pacific Ocean.
The Secretary of Commerce is authorized to conduct, either by contract or directly, a program for the development of tuna and other fisheries resources of the Central, Western, and South Pacific Ocean in cooperation with the Pacific Fisheries Development Foundation. The goals of this program include exploring for and assessing tuna and other fish stocks; improving harvesting techniques; developing gear; monitoring the biological resource; and evaluating the economic potential for tuna and other fisheries resources within the area. In implementing this Act, the Secretary of Commerce may consult and cooperate with the Secretaries of the Interior and State, Hawaii, and other affected States, the Governments of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, educational institutions, the commercial fishing industry, and all appropriate member nations of the South Pacific regional fishery agency. The Secretary of Commerce makes the results and findings of research or development projects conducted under the authority of this Act available to all interested member nations of the agency.
Note: The first version of this article was drawn from material prepared for the Congressional Research Service by Eugene H. Buck.
- Buck, Eugene, 1995. Summaries of Major Laws Implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Council for Science and the Environment.
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