Text: H.R.961 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/07/2017)

1st Session
H. R. 961

To prohibit aquaculture in the Great Lakes.


February 7, 2017

Mr. Kildee introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To prohibit aquaculture in the Great Lakes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Ban Aquaculture in the Great Lakes Act”.

SEC. 2. Prohibition on aquaculture in the Great Lakes.

(a) Prohibition.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person shall not engage in aquaculture in the Great Lakes.

(b) Administration.—The Secretary of the Interior shall administer this section.

(c) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) AQUACULTURE.—The term “aquaculture” means the propagation or rearing (or both) of aquatic species in a controlled or selected environment. The term does not include any fish hatchery operated by a Federal or State agency.

(2) GREAT LAKES.—The term “Great Lakes” means Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior, including the connecting waters thereof, to the extent that those lakes or waters, respectively, are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

(d) Effective date.—This section shall take effect at the end of the 90-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

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