16 USC 5602 - Requests for scientific advice

(a) Restriction 
The Representatives may not make a request or specification described in subsection (b)(1) or (2) of this section, respectively, unless the Representatives have first
(1) consulted with the appropriate Regional Fishery Management Councils; and
(2) received the consent of the Commissioners for that action.
(b) Requests and terms of reference described 
The requests and specifications referred to in subsection (a) of this section are, respectively

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(1) any request, under Article VII(1) of the Convention, that the Scientific Council consider and report on a question pertaining to the scientific basis for the management and conservation of fishery resources in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States within the Convention Area; and
(2) any specification, under Article VIII(2) of the Convention, of the terms of reference for the consideration of a question referred to the Scientific Council pursuant to Article VII(1) of the Convention.