(a) Prescription and amendment of regulations respecting settlement of claims; identification classification of potential hazards to commercial fishing
In carrying out the provisions of this subchapter, the Secretary shall—
(1)prescribe, and from time to time amend, regulations for the filing, processing, and fair and expeditious settlement of claims pursuant to this subchapter, including a time limitation of not less than 90 days on the filing of such claims (except that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, final regulations implementing the 1981 amendments to this subchapter shall be published in the Federal Register within 120 days after the date of the enactment of such amendments); and
(2)identify and classify all potential hazards to commercial fishing caused by Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities, including all obstructions on the bottom, throughout the water column, and on the surface.
(b) Establishment of regulations respecting color coding, stamping, or labeling of equipment, tools, etc., used on Outer Continental Shelf
The Secretary of the Interior shall establish regulations requiring all materials, equipment, tools, containers, and all other items used on the Outer Continental Shelf to be properly color coded, stamped, or labeled, wherever practicable, with the owner’s identification prior to actual use.
(c) Disbursement of payments to compensate commercial fishermen; restrictions
(1)Payments shall be disbursed by the Secretary from the Fund to compensate commercial fishermen for actual and consequential damages, including resulting economic loss, due to damages to, or loss of, fishing gear by materials, equipment, tools, containers, or other items associated with Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas exploration, development, or production activities. The compensation payable under this section for resulting economic loss shall be an amount equal to 50 per centum of such loss. For purposes of this subsection, the term “resulting economic loss” means the gross income, as estimated by the Secretary, that a commercial fisherman who is eligible for compensation under this section will lose by reason of not being able to engage in fishing, or having to reduce his fishing effort, during the period before the damaged or lost fishing gear concerned is repaired or replaced and available for use.
(2)Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection, no payment may be made by the Secretary from the Fund—
(A)to the extent that damages were caused by the negligence or fault of the commercial fisherman making the claim;
(B)if the damage set forth in the claim was sustained prior to September 18, 1978;
(C)in the case of a claim for damage to, or loss of, fishing gear, in an amount in excess of the replacement value of the fishing gear with respect to which the claim is filed; and
(D)for any portion of the damages claimed with respect to which the claimant has received, or will receive, compensation from insurance.
The 1981 amendments to this subchapter, referred to in subsec. (a)(1), probably means the amendments made to this subchapter in 1982 by Pub. L. 97–212, which amended sections
1845 of this title, repealed section
1847 of this title, and enacted a provision set out as a note under section
1841 of this title. Pub. L. 97–212also enacted a provision set out as a note under section
1823 of Title
16, Conservation, and amended a provision set out as a note under section
1823 of Title
The date of enactment of such amendments, referred to in subsec. (a)(1), probably means the date of enactment of Pub. L. 97–212, which was approved June 30, 1962.
1984—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 98–498substituted “limitation of not less than 90 days on” for “limitation on”.
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 98–498substituted “50 percent” for “25 per centum”.
1982—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 97–212, § 7, substituted “claims (except that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, final regulations implementing the 1981 amendments to this subchapter shall be published in the Federal Register within 120 days after the date of the enactment of such amendments); and” for “claims; and”.
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 97–212, § 3(1), substituted “Fund” for “appropriate area account” and “resulting economic loss” for “loss of profits”, inserted “Outer Continental Shelf” after “items associated with”, struck out “in such area, whether or not such damage occurred in such area” after “production activities”, and inserted provisions that compensation payable under this section for resulting economic loss be an amount equal to 25 per centum of such loss and provision defining “resulting economic loss” for purposes of subsec. (c).
Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 97–212, § 3(2), substituted “the Fund” for “any area account established under this subchapter” in provisions preceding subpar. (A), struck out subpars. (A) and (E) which related, respectively, to damage caused by materials, equipment, tools, containers, or other items attributable to a financially responsible party and the party admitted responsibility and to loss of profits for any period in excess of 6 months unless such claim was supported by records with respect to the claimant’s profits during the previous 12-month period, redesignated subpars. (B), (C), and (D) as (A), (B), and (C) respectively, redesignated subpar. (F) as (D), and in subpar. (D) as so redesignated, substituted “received, or will receive,” for “or will receive”.
1980—Subsec. (c)(2)(A). Pub. L. 96–561inserted reference to party admitting responsibility.
Effective Date of 1982 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 97–212applicable with respect to claims for damages filed on or after June 30, 1982, with the Secretary of Commerce under section
1845(a) of this title, with provision for the refiling of previously filed claims under certain circumstances, see section 9 ofPub. L. 97–212, set out as a note under section
1841 of this title.
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