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

Pacific Salmon Treaty Act

This Act, Pacific Salmon Treaty Act -- Public Law 99-5, approved March 15, 1985, (16 U.S.C. 3631) implements the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the U.S. and Canada, January 28, 1985; establishes the requirements for Commissioners and the subsidiary Northern, Southern, and Fraser River Panels; and authorizes Federal regulatory preemption by the Secretary of Commerce to meet treaty obligations.

The Act authorized creation of an advisory committee to assist the U.S. Section and U.S. Panel Sections, and authorizes appropriations of such sums as may be necessary for carrying out the purposes and provisions of the Treaty and Act. This Act also repealed the Sockeye Salmon (or Pink Salmon) Fishing Act of July 29, 1947, and abolished the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission.

Public Law 102-251, approved March 9, 1992, (106 Stat. 66) amended the Act by delineating boundaries upon which future regulation by participating countries would be limited.

Public Law 104-208, approved September 30, 1996, (110 Stat. 3009, 3009-41) amended the Act through minor language changes.

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