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Fish and Wildlife Service (16 USC Ch. 9, §§741-754e).

United States of America
Document type
1956 (2018)
Fisheries, Wild species & ecosystems
Fish products Fishery management and conservation Fishing authorization Fishing charge Fishing vessel Inland fisheries Inspection High seas Authorization/permit Business/industry/corporations Capacity building Certification Contract/agreement Institution Internal trade Marine fisheries Marine fishes Monitoring Policy/planning Procedural matters Research Royalties/fees Agricultural extension Agricultural development Ecosystem preservation Education Endangered species Hunting authorization/permit fee Management/conservation Protection of species Wild fauna Wild flora
Geographical area
Americas, Arctic, East Pacific, North America, North Atlantic

This chapter lays down rules and regulations regarding fish and wildlife service. The Congress has declared that the fish, shellfish, and wildlife resources make a material contribution to the national economy and food supply, as well as a material contribution to the health, recreation, and well-being of the citizens and therefore, the fishing industry, in its several branches, can prosper and fulfill its proper function in national life only if certain fundamental needs are satisfied. Among these needs are: (1) Freedom of enterprise—freedom to develop new areas, methods, products, and markets in accordance with sound economic principles, as well as freedom from unnecessary administrative or legal restrictions that unreasonably conflict with or ignore economic needs; (2) Protection of opportunity—maintenance of an economic atmosphere in which domestic production and processing can prosper; protection from subsidized competing products; protection of opportunity to fish on the high seas in accordance with international law; (3) Assistance—assistance consistent with that provided by the Government for industry generally, such as is involved in promoting good industrial relations, fair trade standards, harmonious labor relations, better health standards and sanitation; and including, but not limited to— (a) services to provide current information on production and trade, market promotion and development, and an extension service, (b) research services for economic and technologic development and resource conservation, and (c) resource management to assure the maximum sustainable production for the fisheries. The Congress further declares that the provisions of this Act are necessary in order to accomplish the objective of proper resource development, and that this Act shall be administered with due regard to the inherent right of every citizen and resident of the United States to engage in fishing for his own pleasure, enjoyment, and betterment, and with the intent of maintaining and increasing the public opportunities for recreational use of our fish and wildlife resources, and stimulating the development of a strong, prosperous, and thriving fishery and fish processing industry.

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50 CFR § 10.1 - 10.22 - Taking, Possession, transportation, Sale, Purchase, Barter, Exportation, and Importation of Wildlife and Plants - General provisions.

Legislation | United States of America | 1973 (1988)

Keyword: Authorization/permit, Birds, Endangered species, Internal trade, International trade, Marine mammals, Migratory species, Protection of species, Research, Trade in species, Wild fauna, Wild flora


50 CFR § 19.1 - 19.32 - Taking, Possession, transportation, Sale, Purchase, Barter, Exportation, and Importation of Wildlife and Plants - Airborne Hunting.

Legislation | United States of America | 1974 (2022)

Keyword: Authorization/permit, Hunting/capture, Enforcement/compliance, Management/conservation, Ecosystem preservation, Protection of habitats, Protection of species, Dangerous animal/harmful animal, Game