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

Cooperative Research and Training Units Act

This Act, Cooperative Research and Training Units Act (16 U.S.C. 753a-753b, 74 Stat. 733), as amended, Public Law 86-686, September 2, 1960, authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with colleges and universities, State fish and game agencies, and nonprofit organizations for the purpose of developing adequate, coordinated, cooperative research and training programs for fish and wildlife resources.

Federal participation in the conduct of such units is limited to assignment of scientific personnel, assistance (including reasonable financial compensation) for the work of researchers on fish and wildlife ecology and resource management projects, and the payment of incidental expenses for employees of cooperating agencies assigned to the units. The provision relating to compensation of researchers was included by P.L. 95-616 (92 Stat. 3110), signed November 8, 1978.

Administration of the cooperative research units program was transferred to the National Biological Survey from the Fish and Wildlife on November 11, 1993, when the Survey was created. The Survey later became the Biological Resource Division in the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey.

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