Fish and Seafood Promotion Act Provisions; Seafood Marketing Councils
In 1989, NMFS issued a final rule enacting the Fish and Seafood Promotion Act of 1986 (Act), as it pertains to Seafood Marketing Councils (Councils), for one or more species of fish or fish products. That rule, along with a large number of other rules and regulations unused or little used, was stricken from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as part of a government-wide Presidential regulatory reform effort. Although the implementing regulations were withdrawn from the CFR, the Act remains in effect. In response to renewed industry support for marketing and promotion-related activities, NMFS proposes regulations implementing the Act governing the establishment and operation of marketing Councils. Therefore, the intent of the proposed rule is to responsibly implement the Act to be consistent with NMFS' goals and mission statement. That is, to ensure that NMFS stewardship goal is not jeopardized while increasing benefits from domestic fisheries. Several revisions to the 1989 implementing regulations are proposed in this document in order to comply with new regulatory and/or legal requirements.