While the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 is the primary fisheries mandate for the Council, it isn’t stagnant and has been updated and reauthorized, the last time in 2006. Legislation is constantly being introduced in Congress that may impact fisheries in the Western Pacific region.
Current Fisheries Legislation (as of 4/21/21)
Below are current bills in Congress that are of interest to the Council. Please note that these bills may change and for the most current information, visit www.congress.gov
Each of the island areas in the Western Pacific region also have legislative bodies that pass laws that may have impacts on fisheries and fishing communities in their island areas. To follow legislation of each island area, click on the links below: