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

Mitchell Act

Mitchell Act (16 USC 755-757; 52 Stat. 345) -- This May 11, 1938, Act, as amended by the Act of August 8, 1946, (60 Stat. 932) authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to carry on activities for conservation of fishery resources in the Columbia River Basin. (See also Columbia Basin Project Act).

The Mitchell Act specifically directs establishment of salmon hatcheries, conduct of engineering and biological surveys and experiments, and installing fish protective devices. It also authorizes agreements with State fishery agencies and construction of facilities on State-owned lands.

Federal activities in the basin under this Act are carried out by the Department of Commerce pursuant to Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970 (84 Stat. 2090).

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