Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act -- Public Law 101-537 (104 Stat. 2370, 16 U.S.C. 941 note, enacted November 8, 1990) establishes goals for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs in the Great Lakes and requires the Service to undertake a number of activities specifically related to fishery resources:

The legislative history includes: H.R. 4299; House Report 101-748; pages H8489-92 of the October 1, 1990, Congressional Record; and page S16618 from the October 24, 1990, Congressional Record.

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1998, Public Law 105-265, October 19, 1998, reauthorizes the 1990 law. It recognizes the 32 recommendations in the 1995 Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration Study and moves the law from study to action. The law:

The law recognizes the successful partnerships in the Great Lakes region and provides the process for achieving on-the-ground restoration activities to benefit fish, wildlife and plants in the Great Lakes.

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