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H.R.3069 - Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act
To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered Columbia River salmon and other nonlisted species, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) There are 13 groups of salmon and steelhead that are listed as threatened species or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 that migrate through the lower Columbia River.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) The people of the Northwest United States are united in their desire to restore healthy salmon and steelhead runs, as they are integral to the region’s culture and economy.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) In recent years, more than 1,000 California sea lions have been foraging in the lower 145 miles of the Columbia River up to Bonneville Dam during the peak spring salmonid run before returning to the California coast to mate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(11) The process established under the 1994 amendment to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to address aggressive sea lion behavior is protracted and will not work in a timely enough manner to protect threatened and endangered salmonids in the near term.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(12) In the interest of protecting Columbia River threatened and endangered salmonids, a temporary expedited procedure is urgently needed to allow removal of the minimum number of California sea lions as is necessary to protect the passage of threatened and endangered salmonids in the Columbia River and its tributaries.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(14) On August 18, 2011, the States of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho applied to the National Marine Fisheries Service, under section 120(b)(1)(A) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (
(15) On September 12, 2011, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it was accepting the States’ application for lethal removal of sea lions and that it would reconvene the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force to consider the States’ application. This Act will ensure the necessary authority for permits under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to be issued in a timely fashion.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(16) During a June 14, 2011, hearing, the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives received testimony from State and tribal witnesses expressing concern that significant pinniped predation of important Northwest fish resources other than salmonids is severely impacting fish stocks determined by both Federal and State fishery management agencies to be at low levels of abundance, and that this cannot be addressed by section 120 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (
SEC. 3. TAKING OF SEA LIONS ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES TO PROTECT ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES OF SALMON AND OTHER NONLISTED FISH SPECIES.
‘(1) REMOVAL AUTHORITY- Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the Secretary may issue a permit to an eligible entity authorizing the intentional lethal taking on the waters of the Columbia River and its tributaries of sea lions that are part of a healthy population that is not listed as an endangered species or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (
et seq.), to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink 16 U.S.C. 1531
‘(B) DEADLINE FOR CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATION- The Secretary shall approve or deny an application for a permit under this subsection by not later than 30 days after receiving the application.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) LIMITATION ON PERMIT AUTHORITY- Subject to subparagraph (B), a permit issued under this subsection shall not authorize the lethal taking of more than 10 sea lions during the duration of the permit.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) LIMITATION ON ANNUAL TAKINGS- The cumulative number of sea lions authorized to be taken each year under all permits in effect under this subsection shall not exceed one percent of the annual potential biological removal level.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) DELEGATION OF PERMIT AUTHORITY- Any eligible entity may delegate to any other eligible entity the authority to administer its permit authority under this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) NEPA- Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (
) shall not apply with respect to this subsection and the issuance of any permit under this subsection during the 5-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)
‘If, 5 years after enactment, the Secretary, after consulting with State and tribal fishery managers, determines that lethal removal authority is no longer necessary to protect salmonid and other fish species from sea lion predation, may suspend the issuance of permits under this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(7) ELIGIBLE ENTITY DEFINED- In this subsection, the term ‘eligible entity’ means each of the State of Washington, the State of Oregon, the State of Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink