- § 5601. Representation of United States under Convention
- § 5602. Requests for scientific advice
- § 5603. Authorities of Secretary of State with respect to Convention
- § 5604. Interagency cooperation
- § 5605. Rulemaking
- § 5606. Prohibited acts and enforcement
- § 5607. Consultative committee
- § 5608. Administrative matters
- § 5609. Definitions
- § 5610. Authorization of appropriations
- § 5611. Repealed.
- § 5612. Repealed.
The Secretary may, for any anticipated absence of a duly appointed Commissioner, designate an individual to serve as an Alternate Commissioner.
An Alternate Commissioner may exercise all powers and perform all duties of the Commissioner for whom the Alternate Commissioner is designated.
The Secretary shall appoint not more than 3 individuals to serve as the representatives of the United States on the Scientific Council, who shall each be known as a “United States Representative to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Scientific Council”.
The Secretary may, for any anticipated absence of a duly appointed Representative, designate an individual to serve as an Alternate Representative.
An Alternate Representative may exercise all powers and perform all duties of the Representative for whom the Alternate Representative is designated.
The Commissioners, Alternate Commissioners, Representatives, and Alternate Representatives may be accompanied at meetings of the Organization by experts and advisers.
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to coordination and consultations under this subsection.
The Secretary shall promulgate regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Convention and this chapter. Any such regulation may be made applicable, as necessary, to all persons and all vessels subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, wherever located.
For additional prohibitions relating to this chapter and enforcement of this chapter, see section 1826g of this title.
The Secretary of State and the Secretary, shall jointly establish a consultative committee to advise the Secretaries on issues related to the Convention.
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the consultative committee established under this section.
The Secretary of State shall, subject to the availability of appropriations, pay all necessary travel and other expenses of persons described in subsection (a)(1) and of not more than six experts and advisers authorized under section 5601(e) of this title with respect to their actual performance of their official duties pursuant to this chapter, in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations and sections 5701, 5702, 5704 through 5708, and 5731 of title 5.
A person shall not be considered to be a Federal employee by reason of any service of the person in a capacity described in subsection (a), except for purposes of injury compensation and tort claims liability under chapter 81 of title 5 and chapter 171 of title 28, respectively.
The term “1982 Convention” means the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982.
The term “authorized enforcement officer” means a person authorized to enforce this chapter, any regulation issued under this chapter, or any measure that is legally binding on the United States under the Convention.
The term “Commission” means the body provided for by Articles V, VI, XIII, XIV, and XV of the Convention.
The term “Commissioner” means a United States Commissioner to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization appointed under section 5601 of this title.
The term “Convention” means the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, done at Ottawa on October 24, 1978, and as amended on September 28, 2007.
The term “Convention Area” means the waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean north of 35°00′ N and west of a line extending due north from 35°00′ N and 42°00′ W to 59°00′ N, thence due west to 44°00′ W, and thence due north to the coast of Greenland, and the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Davis Strait and Baffin Bay south of 78°10′ N.
The term “Council” means the New England Fishery Management Council or the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
The term “fishery resources” means all fish, mollusks, and crustaceans, including any products thereof, within the Convention Area.
The term “fishing activities” means harvesting or processing fishery resources, or transhipping 1
The term “fishing activities” does not include any operation related to emergencies involving the health and safety of crew members or the safety of a vessel.
The term “fishing vessel” means a vessel that is or has been engaged in fishing activities.
The term “fishing vessel” includes a fish processing vessel or a vessel engaged in transshipment or any other activity in preparation for or related to fishing activities, or in experimental or exploratory fishing activities.
The term “Organization” means the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization provided for by Article V of the Convention.
The term “person” means any individual (whether or not a citizen or national of the United States), and any corporation, partnership, association, or other entity (whether or not organized or existing under the laws of any State).
The term “Representative” means a United States Representative to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Scientific Council appointed under section 5601 of this title.
The term “Scientific Council” means the Scientific Council provided for by Articles V, VI, and VII of the Convention.
The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Commerce.
The term “State” means each of the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and any other commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
The term “transshipment” means the unloading of all or any of the fishery resources on board a fishing vessel to another fishing vessel either at sea or in port.
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this chapter, including to pay the United States contribution to the Organization as provided in Article IX of the Convention, $500,000 for each fiscal year through fiscal year 2021.