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S. 2369 - Whaling Convention Amendments Act of 2018
Sponsor: Dan Sullivan (R)
Introduced: 2018-02-05
Bill Status: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 728.
 

Whaling Convention Amendments Act of 2018

This bill amends the Whaling Convention Act of 1949 to require the Department of Commerce to authorize aboriginal subsistence whaling if the whaling: (1) is for subsistence purposes, including the sale of authentic native articles of handicrafts and clothing; (2) does not include the striking, taking, or killing of calves or a whale accompanied by a calf; and (3) is not accomplished in a wasteful manner.

Commerce must establish catch limits for subsistence whaling by Alaska Natives if: (1) the International Whaling Commission (IWC) fails to establish the limits, and (2) Commerce determines that subsistence whaling is sustainable based on IWC's most recent review of the status of the affected whale.

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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2369


    To authorize aboriginal subsistence whaling pursuant to the regulations of the International Whaling Commission, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 5, 2018

    Mr. Sullivan (for himself, Ms. Murkowski, and Mr. Whitehouse) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

    To authorize aboriginal subsistence whaling pursuant to the regulations of the International Whaling Commission, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Whaling Convention Amendments Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Amendment of the Whaling Convention Act of 1949.

The Whaling Convention Act of 1949 (16 U.S.C. 916 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 6 the following:

“SEC. 6A. Aboriginal subsistence whaling.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary of Commerce, or such officer as may be designated by the Secretary, shall authorize aboriginal subsistence whaling pursuant to paragraph 13 of the regulations of the Commission (or any successor to such paragraph), if such whaling—

“(1) is for subsistence purposes (including the sale of authentic native articles of handicrafts and clothing);

“(2) does not include the striking, taking, or killing of calves or any whale accompanied by a calf; and

“(3) is not accomplished in a wasteful manner.

“(b) Catch limit.—

“(1) REQUIREMENT TO ESTABLISH.—The Secretary of Commerce shall establish catch limits for the Alaska Native aboriginal subsistence whale hunt for any year, if the Secretary determines that—

“(A) the Commission has failed to adopt catch limits applicable to the hunt for such year; and

“(B) the biological status of the affected stock is such that, based on the most recent review of the status of such stock by the Scientific Committee of the Commission, the aboriginal subsistence needs statement submitted by the United States to the Commission of that year is sustainable.

“(2) LIMITATION.—The catch limits established by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall satisfy the Alaska Native subsistence needs described in a statement submitted by the United States to the Commission, and shall include carryover at the level accepted by the Scientific Committee of the Commission in its most recent review of the subsistence whaling quota.

“(3) CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in paragraph (1) relieves the United States Commissioner of the Commissioner's obligation to continue seeking adoption by the Commission, pursuant to the paragraph 13 of the regulations of the Commission (or any successor to such paragraph that permits aboriginal subsistence whaling), of catch limits that provide for Alaska Native aboriginal subsistence needs.”.

SEC. 3. Implementing regulations.

(a) In general.—Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall issue any regulations necessary to implement section 6A of the Whaling Convention Act of 1949, as added by section 2.

(b) Review and updates.—The Secretary of Commerce shall review and update the regulations required by subsection (a) as needed, and at least once every 5 years, after the date on which the Secretary of Commerce issues the regulations as a final rule.


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