To prohibit the sale of billfish.
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 ``Billfish Conservation Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) Billfish populations are severely depleted and in need of greater protection. (2) Billfish population declines are largely attributable to overfishing by non-United States commercial fishing fleets that harvest billfish as bycatch while targeting other species. (3) Commercial fisheries in the United States do not target billfish. (4) The current United States prohibition on the commercial harvest and sale of billfish is limited to Atlantic-caught fish. (5) There are no existing conservation measures that prohibit the importation of Pacific-caught billfish. (6) Billfish account for less than 0.1 percent of the market value of United States seafood. (7) The United States seafood market is highly elastic and consumers have a large number of sustainable seafood alternatives. (8) Catch and release recreational angling for billfish generates billions of dollars in economic benefits to the United States economy each year. (9) Prohibiting the sale of Pacific-caught billfish in the continental United States will assist in the recovery of billfish populations worldwide.
SEC. 3. STATEMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY.
The Congress enacts this Act pursuant to clause 3 of section 8 of article I of the Constitution.
SEC. 4. PROHIBITION ON SALE OF BILLFISH.
(a) Prohibition.--No person shall offer for sale, sell, or have custody, control, or possession...