Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 110th Congress [Updated July 13, 2007] [open pdf - 149KB]
"Fish and marine mammals are important resources in open ocean and nearshore coastal areas; many federal laws and regulations guide their management. Bills to reauthorize and amend major legislation -- the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) -- were acted upon by the 109th Congress; the authorization of appropriations for both laws had expired at the end of FY1999. P.L. 109-479 reauthorized and extensively amended the MSFCMA; a bill proposing to reauthorize and amend the MMPA (H.R. 4075) passed the House, but received no further action. […] Marine mammals are protected under the MMPA. With few exemptions, the MMPA prohibits harm or harassment ('take') of marine mammals, unless restrictive permits are obtained. It addresses specific situations of concern, such as dolphin mortality, primarily associated with the eastern tropical Pacific tuna fishery. The 110th Congress may consider bills to reauthorize and amend the MMPA as well as measures to address specific habitat and management concerns."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33813