Summary: H.R.4640 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/23/1994)

Gulf of Maine Act of 1994 - Establishes a Gulf of Maine Council to promote the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Maine. Requires the Council to: (1) facilitate the coordination of governmental and nongovernmental activities related to the Gulf; (2) establish a Gulf of Maine Advisory Group to advise the Council, the Governors of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and the Premiers of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on the implementation of this Act; and (3) adopt a Gulf of Maine Agreement for the protection, assessment, management, and sustainable development of the Gulf.

Authorizes appropriations.

Directs the Council to establish an Economic Development Board to implement a long-term plan for coordinating environmentally sound economic assistance for the Gulf region. Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to provide planning and local technical assistance grants to the Council for related projects. Makes a cooperative agreement available through the Economic Development Administration for planning programs to retain or create full-time permanent jobs and income for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of Federal fishery management regulations.

Authorizes appropriations.

Permits the Council to submit recommendations to the New England Fishery Management Council (Management Council) on fishery management plans if recommendations are necessary to make such plans reflect the goals and priorities of the Agreement. Requires the Secretary, if in concurrence with such recommendations, to issue a finding that the Management Council review such plans in light of the Council's recommendations.

Establishes an Environmental Management and Assessment Program for the Gulf region and provides for a plan for improved environmental management and assessment. Authorizes grants to the Council for such purposes. Authorizes appropriations.

Permits the Regional Marine Research Board for the Gulf of Maine, with the Secretary's approval, to revise schedules for the development of research plans under the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 to ensure coordination with activities under this Act.

Authorizes the Council to establish a Gulf of Maine Research Advisory Group.

Authorizes appropriations.

Permits the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to award grants to the St. Croix International Waterway Commission to support its activities. Authorizes appropriations.