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§ 7403.
Duties and authorities of the Secretary
The Secretary may, as needed, promulgate such regulations—
in accordance with section 553 of title 5;
consistent with provisions of this chapter; 1
 See References in Text note below.
with respect to enforcement measures, in consultation with the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating;
as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter, to the extent that such regulations are not already promulgated.
Ports of entry

The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating, may designate and publicize the ports to which vessels may seek entry. No port may be designated under this section that has not also been designated as a port of entry for customs reporting purposes pursuant to section 1433 of title 191 or that is not specified under an existing international fisheries agreement.


The Secretary shall provide notification of the denial of port entry or the use of port services for a vessel under section 7404 of this title, the withdrawal of the denial of port services for a foreign vessel, the taking of enforcement action pursuant to section 7405 of this title with respect to a foreign vessel, or the results of any inspection of a foreign vessel conducted pursuant to this chapter to the flag nation of the vessel and, as appropriate, to the nation of which the vessel’s master is a national, relevant coastal nations, RFMOs, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and other relevant international organizations.

Confirmation that fish were taken in accordance with conservation and management measures

The Secretary may request confirmation from the flag state of a foreign vessel that the fish on board a foreign vessel in a port subject to the jurisdiction of the United States were taken in accordance with applicable RFMO conservation and management measures.

(Pub. L. 114–81, title III, § 304, Nov. 5, 2015, 129 Stat. 665.)
cite as: 16 USC 7403