United States Code

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§ 4001.
Congressional findings
The Congress finds that—
the commercial fishing industry of the United States significantly contributes to the national economy, and could make a greater contribution if fish resources within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone were more fully utilized;
the commercial fisheries of the United States provide significant employment in coastal areas and in processing and distribution centers;
fish contribute an important nutritional component to the American diet;
increased consumption of seafood in the United States could significantly lower the risk of many cardiovascular diseases;
Federally supported development programs for commercial fisheries are unable to meet present and future marketing needs;
many fish species are underutilized by the United States fishing industry because of underdeveloped markets; and
the United States fishing industry has the potential to expand greatly its contribution to interstate and foreign commerce, favorably affecting the balance of trade.
(Pub. L. 99–659, title II, § 202, Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3715.)
cite as: 16 USC 4001