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Passed House amended (06/13/2001)

Pacific Salmon Recovery Act- Requires the Secretary of Commerce, subject to appropriations, to provide financial assistance for salmon conservation and habitat restoration activities to: (1) Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California, and Idaho (qualified States); and (2) tribal governments in such States and Alaska Native villages or regional or village corporations that are involved in salmon management and recovery or conservation activities and have the organizational capability to maximize the benefits of assistance provided under this Act (qualified tribal governments). Allocates 85 percent of assistance per fiscal year equally among such States and 15 percent among qualified tribal governments.

(Sec. 3) Requires qualified States, to receive assistance under this Act, to submit a Salmon Conservation and Salmon Habitat Restoration Plan to the Secretary. Directs qualified tribal governments, to receive such assistance, to enter into memoranda of understanding with the Secretary regarding use of the assistance.

Requires funds allocated to qualified States to be used for local and regional projects.

Permits the use of assistance outside the jurisdiction of the recipient if the assisted activity will provide conservation benefits to naturally produced salmon in streams of concern to the recipient.

Requires States to match, in the aggregate, financial assistance provided under this Act.

(Sec. 4) Directs States seeking assistance under this Act to establish citizens advisory committees or other similar fora for the public to participate in obtaining and using assistance under this Act. Requires qualified tribal governments to hold public meetings to receive recommendations on the use of such assistance.

(Sec. 5) States that specified Federal interagency consultation requirements of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 shall not be required based solely on the provision of financial assistance under this Act.

(Sec. 6) Sets forth reporting requirements.

(Sec. 7) Includes: (1) Lahontan cutthroat trout and bull trout within the definition of "salmon" for purposes of applying this Act in Oregon; and (2) bull trout within such definition for purposes of applying this Act in Washington and Idaho.

(Sec. 8) Directs the President to: (1) determine the number of United States citizens who served as employees of the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission or the International North Pacific Fisheries Commission and who worked in Canada in the course of employment with that commission; (2) calculate for each such employee the difference between the value, in United States currency, of the annuity payments made and to be made (determined by an actuarial valuation) by or on behalf of each such commission to the employee and the value, in Canadian currency, of such annuity payments; and (3) by not later than September 1, 2001, submit to the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation of the Senate a report on such determinations and calculations.

(Sec. 9) Authorizes appropriations through 2004 to carry out this Act.

(Sec. 10) Expresses the sense of Congress that, in the case of any equipment or products that may be authorized to be purchased with financial assistance provided under this Act, entities receiving such assistance should, in expending the assistance, purchase only equipment and products made in the United States. Requires any entity receiving funds under this Act to report any expenditures of such funds on items made outside of the United States to the Congress within 180 days of the expenditure.

(Sec. 11) Expresses the sense of Congress that Congress supports the bipartisan July 2000 goals, objectives, and recommendations of the Governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington to protect and restore salmon and other aquatic species to sustainable and harvestable levels while meeting the requirements of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Clean Water Act, the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act, tribal treaty rights, and executive orders and while taking into account the need to preserve a sound economy in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

(Sec. 12) Requires the Secretary, in conjunction with other Federal agencies to annually report to Congress regarding the effects on Pacific Salmon stocks of timber harvesting on publicly owned lands in British Columbia.