As a part of the Act, the Secretary reports annually to the Congress and the Councils on the status of United States Fisheries. As a part of this identification he must specify those fisheries that are overfished or are approaching a condition of being overfished.
If the Secretary determines at any time that a fishery is overfished, the Secretary must immediately notify the appropriate Council and request that action be taken to end overfishing.
Carlos M. Gutierrez
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