Senators Cantwell, Sullivan, and Murkowski have introduced legislation that would ensure our school children are eating fish and fish products that are caught only in U.S. waters or by U.S. vessels. Currently, fish served in school may be caught in foreign waters, by foreign fisherman, and processed in foreign countries. This legislation seeks to bolster the U.S. commercial fishing industry, while providing nutritious U.S. fish products to children in school.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1987) by a unanimous voice vote on Monday, February 1, 2016. The Act now goes to the White House for the President's signature. The legislation contains a provision actively sought by PSVOA, which now exempts newly constructed vessels ranging from 50-79 feet from the costly requirement of certification by classification societies. This certification requirement was originally prescribed by the 2010 Authorization Act.