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S. 501 (es) To address resource management issues in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. [Engrossed in Senate] ...
S.501 One Hundred Sixth Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand An Act To address resource management issues in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Glacier Bay National Park Resource Management Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. As used in this Act-- (1) the term ``local residents'' means those persons living within the vicinity of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, including but not limited to the residents of Hoonah, Alaska, who are descendants of those who had an historic and cultural tradition of sea gull egg gathering within the boundary of what is now Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve; (2) the term ``outer waters'' means all of the marine waters within the park outside of Glacier Bay proper; (3) the term ``park'' means Glacier Bay National Park; (4) the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior; and (5) the term ``State'' means the State of Alaska. SEC. 3. COMMERCIAL FISHING. (a) In General.--The Secretary shall allow for commercial fishing in the outer waters of the park in accordance with the management plan referred to in subsection (b) in a manner that provides for the protection of park resources and values. (b) Management Plan.--The Secretary and the State shall cooperate in the development of a management plan for the regulation of commercial fisheries in the outer waters of the park in accordance with existing Federal and State laws and any applicable international conservation and management treaties. (c) Savings.--(1) Nothing in this Act shall alter or affect the provisions of section 123 of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (Public Law 105-277), as amended by section 501 of the 1999 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act (Public Law 106-31). (2) Nothing in this Act shall enlarge or diminish Federal or State title, jurisdiction, or authority with respect to the waters of the State of Alaska, the waters within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, or tidal or submerged lands. (d) Study.--(1) Not later than one year after the date funds are made available, the Secretary, in consultation with the State, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, and other affected agencies shall develop a plan for a comprehensive multi-agency research and monitoring program to evaluate the health of fisheries resources in the park's marine waters, to determine the effect, if any, of commercial fishing on-- (A) the productivity, diversity, and sustainability of fishery resources in such waters; and (B) park resources and values. (2) The Secretary shall promptly notify the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate and the Committee on Resources of the United States House of Representatives upon the completion of the plan. (3) The Secretary shall complete the program set forth in the plan not later than seven years after the date the congressional committees are notified pursuant to paragraph (2), and shall transmit the results of the program to such committees on a biennial basis. SEC. 4. SEA GULL EGG COLLECTION STUDY. (a) Study.--The Secretary, in consultation with local residents, shall undertake a study of sea gulls living within the park to assess whether sea gull eggs can be collected on a limited basis without impairing the biological sustainability of the sea gull population in the park. The study shall be completed no later than two years after the date funds are made available. (b) Recommendations.--If the study referred to in subsection (a) determines that the limited collection of sea gull eggs can occur without impairing the biological sustainability of the sea gull population in the park, the Secretary shall submit recommendations for legislation to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate and the Committee on Resources of the United States House of Representatives. SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act. Speaker of the House of Representatives. Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.
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