[Pub. L. 107–372] substituted “Chesapeake Bay Office” for “Chesapeake Bay Estuarine Resources Office” in section catchline and amended text generally, substituting provisions establishing Office, describing functions, establishing habitat restoration small watershed grants program, and authorizing appropriations, for provisions establishing Office, describing functions, and requiring identification of funding request in President’s annual budget.
Multiple Species Management Strategy
[Pub. L. 107–372, title IV, § 401(c)], Dec. 19, 2002, [116 Stat. 3099], provided that:
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 19, 2002], the Director of the Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shall begin a 5-year study, in cooperation with the scientific community of the Chesapeake Bay, appropriate State and interstate resource management entities, and appropriate Federal agencies—
to determine and expand the understanding of the role and response of living resources in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem; and
to develop a multiple species management strategy for the Chesapeake Bay.
Required elements of study.—
In order to improve the understanding necessary for the development of the strategy under paragraph (1)(B), the study shall—
determine the current status and trends of fish and shellfish that live in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and are selected for study;
evaluate and assess interactions among the fish and shellfish referred to in subparagraph (A) and other living resources, with particular attention to the impact of changes within and among trophic levels; and
recommend management actions to optimize the return of a healthy and balanced ecosystem for the Chesapeake Bay.”