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Chapter 91. Gulf States Compact

Section  91.001.  Members Of Commission.

The three members of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission from the state authorized under Article III of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Compact are:

(1)  the executive director of the department;

(2)  a legislator appointed jointly by the lieutenant governor and speaker of the house of representatives; and

(3)  a citizen with a knowledge of the marine fisheries problems appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate.

Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975.



Section  91.002.  Terms Of Commission Members.

(a) The executive director of the department shall serve on the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission in an ex-officio capacity, and his term expires when he ceases to hold the office of executive director of the department. His successor as a member of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission is his successor as executive director of the department.

(b)  The legislator appointed as a member of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission shall serve in an ex-officio capacity, and his term expires at the time he ceases to hold his legislative office. His successor as a member of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission shall be appointed as provided by Section 91.001(2) of this code.

(c)  The citizen appointed as a member of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission shall serve a term of three years or until his successor has been appointed and has qualified. A vacancy in this position shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate.

Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975.



Section  91.003.  Delegate Of Commissioner.

The executive director of the department as ex-officio member of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission may delegate to an authorized employee of the department the power to be present and participate, including the right to vote for the executive director, at any meeting, hearing, or proceeding of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975.



Section  91.004.  Powers And Duties.

All the powers provided for in the compact and all the powers necessary or incidental to the carrying out of the compact are granted to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and members of the commission. These powers are in aid of and supplemental to but not a limitation on the powers vested in the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission by other laws of this state or by the terms of the compact.

Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975.



Section  91.005.  Cooperation Of State Agencies.

(a) All officers of the state shall do all things falling within their respective jurisdictions necessary or incidental to the carrying out of the compact.

(b)  All officers, bureaus, departments, and persons in state government shall furnish the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission information and data requested by the commission and aid the commission by loan of personnel or other means lying within their legal rights.

Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975.



Section  91.006.  Reports.

The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission shall keep accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements and shall submit on or before February 10 of each year a report to the governor and legislature of the state containing:

(1)  a detailed description of the transactions conducted by the commission during the preceding calendar year;

(2)  recommendations for any legislative action considered advisable or necessary to carry out the intent and purposes of the compact.

Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975.



Section  91.007.  Auditor.

The accounts and books of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, including receipts, disbursements, and other items relating to its financial standing are subject to audit by the state auditor in accordance with Chapter 321, Government Code. The auditor shall report the results of the examination to the governor of each state that is a party to the compact.

Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 584, Sec. 91, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.



Section  91.008.  Text Of Compact.

The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Compact reads as follows:

GULF STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMPACT

The contracting states solemnly agree:

ARTICLE I

Whereas the Gulf Coast States have the proprietary interest in and jurisdiction over fisheries in the waters within their respective boundaries, it is the purpose of this compact to promote the better utilization of the fisheries, marine, shell and anadromous, of the seaboard of the Gulf of Mexico, by the development of a joint program for the promotion and protection of such fisheries and the prevention of the physical waste of the fisheries from any cause.

ARTICLE II

This compact shall become operative immediately as to those states ratifying it whenever any two or more of the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas have ratified it and the Congress has given its consent, pursuant to Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution of the United States. Any state contiguous to any of the aforementioned states or riparian upon waters which flow into waters under the jurisdiction of any of the aforementioned States and which are frequented by anadromous fish or marine species, may become a party hereto as hereinafter provided.

ARTICLE III

Each state joining herein shall appoint three representatives to a commission hereby constituted and designated as the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. One shall be the head of the administrative agency of such State charged with the conservation of the fishery resources to which this compact pertains; or, if there be more than one officer or agency, the official of that State named by the Governor thereof. The second shall be a member of the Legislature of such State designated by such Legislature, or in the absence of such designation, such legislator shall be designated by the Governor thereof; provided that if it is constitutionally impossible to appoint a legislator as a commissioner from such State, the second member shall be appointed in such manner as may be established by law. The third shall be a citizen who shall have a knowledge of and interest in the marine fisheries, to be appointed by the Governor. This commission shall be a body corporate with the powers and duties set forth herein.

ARTICLE IV

The duty of the said commission shall be to make inquiry and ascertain from time to time such methods, practices, circumstances and conditions as may be disclosed for bringing about the conservation and the prevention of the depletion and physical waste of the fisheries, marine, shell and anadromous, of the Gulf Coast. The commission shall have power to recommend the coordination of the exercise of the police powers of the several States within their respective jurisdictions to promote the preservation of these fisheries and their protection against over-fishing, waste, depletion or any abuse whatsoever, and to assure a continuing yield from the fishery resources of the aforementioned States. To that end the commission shall draft and recommend to the Governors and Legislatures of the various signatory States, legislation dealing with the conservation of the marine, shell and anadromous fisheries of the Gulf seaboard. The commission shall from time to time present to the Governor of each compacting State its recommendations relating to enactments to be presented to the Legislature of that State in furthering the interest and purposes of this compact. The commission shall consult with and advise the pertinent administrative agencies in the States party hereto with regard to problems connected with the fisheries, and recommend the adoption of such regulations as it deems advisable. The commission shall have power to recommend to the States party hereto the stocking of the waters of such States with fish and fish eggs or joint stocking by some or all of the States party hereto, and when two or more States shall jointly stock waters the commission shall act as the coordinating agency for such stocking.

ARTICLE V

The commission shall elect from its number a chairman and vice-chairman and shall appoint, and at its pleasure remove or discharge, such officers and employees as may be required to carry the provisions of this compact into effect and shall fix and determine their duties, qualifications and compensation. Said commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of its business. It may establish and maintain one or more offices for the transaction of its business, and may meet at any time or place; but must meet at least once a year.

ARTICLE VI

No action shall be taken by the commission in regard to its general affairs except by the affirmative vote of a majority of the whole number of compacting States. No recommendation shall be made by the commission in regard to any species of fish except by the affirmative vote of a majority of the compacting States which have an interest in such species. The commission shall define what shall be an interest.

ARTICLE VII

The Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior of the Government of the United States shall act as the primary research agency of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, cooperating with the research agencies in each State for that purpose. Representatives of the said Fish and Wildlife Service shall attend the meetings of the commission. An advisory committee to be representative of the commercial salt water fishermen and the salt water anglers and such other interests of each State as the commissioners deem advisable may be established by the commissioners from each State for the purpose of advising those commissioners upon such recommendations as it may desire to make.

ARTICLE VIII

When any State, other than those named specifically in Article II of this compact, shall become a party hereto for the purpose of conserving its anadromous fish or marine species in accordance with the provisions of Article II, the participation of such State in the action of the commission shall be limited to such species of fish.

ARTICLE IX

Nothing in this compact shall be construed to limit the powers of the proprietary interest of any signatory State, or to repeal or prevent the enactment of any legislation or the enforcement of any requirement by a signatory State, imposing additional conditions and restrictions to conserve its fisheries.

ARTICLE X

It is agreed that any two or more States party hereto may further amend this compact by acts of their respective Legislatures, subject to approval of Congress as provided in Article I, Section X, of the Constitution of the United States, to designate the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission as a joint regulating authority for the joint regulation of specific fisheries affecting only such States as shall so compact, and at their joint expense. The representatives of such States shall constitute a separate section of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission for the exercise of the additional powers so granted, but the creation of such section shall not be deemed to deprive the States so compacting of any of their privileges or powers in the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission as constituted under the other Articles of this compact.

ARTICLE XI

Continued absence of representation or of any representative on the commission from any State party hereto, shall be brought to the attention of the Governor thereof.

ARTICLE XII

The operating expenses of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission shall be borne by the States party hereto. Such initial appropriation as set forth below shall be made available yearly until modified as hereinafter provided:

Florida $3,500.00
Alabama 1,000.00
Mississippi 1,000.00
Louisiana 5,000.00
Texas 2,500.00
Total $13,000.00

The proration and total cost per annum of Thirteen Thousand ($13,000.00) Dollars, above mentioned, is estimative only, for initial operations, and may be changed when found necessary by the commission and approved by the Legislatures of the respective States. Each State party hereto agrees to provide in the manner most acceptable to it, the travel costs and necessary expenses of its commissioners and other representatives to and from meetings of the commission or its duly constituted sections or committees.

ARTICLE XIII

This compact shall continue in force and remain binding upon each compacting State until renounced by Act of the Legislature of such State, in such form as it may choose; provided that such renunciation shall not become effective until six months after the effective date of the action taken by the Legislature. Notice of such renunciation shall be given the other States party hereto by the Secretary of State of compacting State so renouncing upon passage of the Act.

Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975.



Section  91.009.  Notice Of Meetings.

For informational purposes, the department shall file with the secretary of state notice of compact meetings for publication in the Texas Register.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 612, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.

Chapter 92. Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Section 92.001.  Membership In Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

(a) On behalf of this state, the commission may enter into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

(b)  If necessary to protect the interests of this state, the commission may withdraw from the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact in accordance with the terms of the compact.

(c)  The commission may take all actions necessary to implement this chapter, including the adoption of rules and the delegation of authority to the director.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 952, Sec. 16, eff. September 1, 2009.


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