Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act Law and Legal Definition

The Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act (“Act”) is federal legislation that promotes and encourages state activities in support of the management of interjurisdictional fishery resources. Pursuant to 16 USCS § 4102, the term interjurisdictional fishery resource means:

1.A fishery resource for which a fishery occurs in waters under the jurisdiction of one or more states and the exclusive economic zone;

2.A fishery resource for which there exists an interstate fishery management plan; or

3.A fishery resource which migrates between the waters under the jurisdiction of two or more States bordering on the Great Lakes.

The following are some of the purposes of the Act:

1.Promoting and encouraging management of interjurisdictional fishery resources throughout their range; and

2.Encouraging research in preparation for the implementation of the use of ecosystems ;

3.Encouraging interspecies approaches to the conservation and management of interjurisdictional fishery resources throughout their range.