To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to permit eligible fishermen to approve certain limited access privilege programs, 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 ``Saving Fishing Jobs Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. APPROVAL OF CERTAIN LIMITED ACCESS PRIVILEGE PROGRAMS.
(a) Eligibility To Sign Petition.--Section 303A(c)(6)(B) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1853a(c)(6)(B)) is amended by striking ``For multispecies permits'' and all that follows through ``this subparagraph.''. (b) Initiation by Eligible Fishermen Under Certain Councils.-- Section 303A(c)(6)(D) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1853a(c)(6)(D)) is amended to read as follows: ``(D) New england, mid-atlantic, south atlantic, and gulf initiation.-- ``(i) In general.--In the case of a fishery under the authority of the New England, Mid- Atlantic, South Atlantic, or Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, a fishery management plan or an amendment to a fishery management plan that would establish a limited access privilege program to harvest fish may not take effect unless-- ``(I) a petition requesting development of such program is submitted in accordance with clause (ii) and certified under clause (iii); ``(II) the appropriate Council makes available to eligible fishermen an estimate of the amount of the fee that would be collected under section 304(d)(2) if such program were established; and ``(III) not earlier than 90 days after the estimate...