National Fish Habitat Conservation Act Included in 2012 Sportsmen's Package

Provisions of the Sportsmen's package would:

Assess the critical marine habitat associated with wells and platforms scheduled for removal in the Gulf of Mexico

Conserve billfish by prohibiting the sale of Pacific-caught billfish outside of Hawaii

Allow hunters who legally harvested polar bears in Canada prior to its listing under the Endangered Species Act to purchase permits and transport their trophies into the U.S.

Reauthorize the Duck Stamp Act and authorize the Secretary of the Interior to set the price of the stamp for three-year periods beginning in 2013; the amendment will also permanently authorize the online sale of duck stamps

Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, Neotropical Migratory Bird Act, and Multinational Species Conservation Fund

Reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Reauthorize the Federal Land Transfer Authority Act that allows the Bureau of Land Management to sell land to private landowners, counties, companies and others for ranching, community development and various projects. The sales revenue allows agencies to acquire high priority lands with important wildlife habitat value and recreational access for hunting and fishing.

Authorize the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act to protect and improve fish habitat by improving water quality and quantity across the nation.

Codify organic language for the Joint Ventures Program

Clarify law to allow bows to be transported across national park lands, as firearms are currently allowed

The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (S. 1201) was introduced on June 15, 2011 by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and co-sponsored by Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mark Begich (D-AK), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Udall (D-CO).

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