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The Act is not meant to infringe on the authority of a State within its boundaries, and includes 'pockets' of waters within the State's coastline

States may also regulate fishing vessels outside their boundaries if:

The Vessel is registered under State law

There is no federal management program or

The State laws and regulations are consistent with Federal Management

But if the Secretary determines the law is not consistent he promptly notifies the State and the appropriate council, to provide the state an opportunity to correct the deficiency. Otherwise, the State's retention of authority is revoked until it has been corrected.

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