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

Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986

Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986-- Public Law 99-659, approved November 14, 1986 (100 Stat. 3731; 16 U.S.C. 4101 note), as amended, repealed the Commercial Fisheries Research and Development Act and substituted for it the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986. The Act provides for grants by the Secretary of Commerce to States for management of interjurisdictional commercial fishery resources.

P.L. 101-627, approved November 29, 1990, (104 Stat. 4463) extended the authorization for appropriations at the current funding level for the fiscal years 1989 to 1995.

P.L. 102-396, approved October 6, 1992, (106 Stat. 1937) authorized appropriations for grants to commercial fishermen for disaster relief from damage and losses as a result of hurricanes.

P.L. 103-206, approved December 20, 1993, (107 Stat. 2454) authorized appropriations of $600,000 to the Secretary of Commerce for fiscal years 1994 and 1995 for development of management plans.

P.L. 103-238, approved April 30, 1994, (108 Stat. 561) authorized additional appropriations of $65 million to the Secretary of Commerce for fiscal years 1994 and 1995 to carry out the purposes of this Act.

P.L. 104-208, approved September 30, 1996, (110 Stat. 3009,2009-41) made minor language changes.

P.L. 104-134, approved April 26, 1996, (110 Stat. 1321) made changes to the disaster relief grant program for commercial fishermen. The program was changed from a grant program to an assistance program. Eligibility for assistance was expanded from fishermen, solely, to include state and local governments and non-profit organizations. The amendment stipulates that assistance cannot be used as part of a fishing capacity reduction program unless fishery specific conservation and management measures are in place. Specific conditions are set in awarding assistance to vessels.

P.L. 104-140, approved May 2, 1996, (110 Stat. 1327) made minor language changes.

P.L. 104-297, approved October 11, 1996, (110 Stat. 3618) extended the authorization of appropriations to the Secretary of Commerce at $3.4 million for fiscal year 1996, $3.9 million for fiscal year 1997, and $4.4 million for fiscal years 1998 to 2000. It also extended the authorization of appropriations for development of management plans at $700,000 for fiscal year 1997 and $750,000 for fiscal years 1998 to 2000.

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