High Seas Driftnet Fisheries Enforcement Act, United States

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The High Seas Driftnet Fisheries Enforcement Act (16 U.S.C. 1826a-1826c; Title I of Pub. L. 102-582, as amended) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to publish and maintain a list of nations which allow their nationals or vessels to conduct large-scale driftnet fishing beyond their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) so that U.S. port privileges can be denied to such nations. Within six months after a nation has been identified pursuant to this Act, the Secretary of Commerce determines whether the loss of port privileges has been sufficient to cause that nation to prohibit large-scale driftnet fishing by its nationals and vessels, and also whether that nation has retaliated against the United States for the denial of port privileges. The Secretary must certify to the President, in accordance with ยง8(a) of the Fishermen's Protective Act (i.e., the Pelly Amendment) if either of these is true. The denial of port privileges remains in effect until the Secretary of Commerce certifies to the President and Congress that the offending nation no longer allows the use of large-scale driftnets outside its EEZ by either its nationals or its vessels.

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