The funding will support the Pacific Salmon Commission, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the North Pacific Council.
Some of the specific issues addressed include electronic monitoring of fishing boats, cleanup of tsunami debris, charting of the arctic, and avoiding third-party certification of sustainability in U.S. fisheries.
The bill includes $25 million for sonar mapping of U.S. coastline.
A provision attached to the bill from Murkowski requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to report on any progress made on surveying the Arctic and Bering Straits region within two months of the bill’s enactment.
It also includes $6 million toward fighting tsunami debris on federal lands across the U.S., and $4 million toward getting electronic monitoring on fishing vessels, with an emphasis on quickly moving forward with the project.
Another $30.2 million will go toward salmon management activities; $28.2 million for the National Data Buoy Center, which maintains buoys that collect weather and ocean data; and $96.6 million toward fishery stock assessments.
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