H.R. 3110, Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act

H.R. 3110

Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act

Date
April 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, April 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3110, the Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 3110 was introduced on September 17, 2013 by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was marked up on February 27, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[1]

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[1] Committee Report 113-393.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3110 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to allow members of the Hoonah Indian Association (also known as the Huna Tlingit) to harvest gull eggs within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve up to twice a year in certain portions of the park.  The bill requires development of an “annual harvest plan” and allows the Secretary to establish additional terms and conditions as necessary.

Background

The Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is located in Alaska’s southeast panhandle.  The Park contains over 3 million acres and the Preserve contains 58,000 more.[1]  Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is the traditional homeland of the Huna Tlingit . . . who traditionally harvested eggs at gull rookeries in Glacier Bay before and after its establishment as a National Monument in 1925.  Egg collection was curtailed in the 1960s as both the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and National Park Service regulations prohibited the activity.”[2}  Although subsequent legislation permitted “customary and traditional use of migratory birds and their eggs for subsistence use by indigenous inhabitants of Alaska,” federal regulations still prohibited it.[3]  Legislation in 2000 directed a study to assess whether gull egg collection on a limited basis could be allowed without impairing the sea gull population in the park.  The study was completed in 2010, and “the preferred alternative . . . would authorize egg harvests at up to five locations within the Park on two separate dates each year.”  H.R. 3110 authorizes the Secretary to allow an egg collection plan consistent with that preferred alternative and directs the Secretary to work with the tribe to develop a harvest plan.

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[1] Id. at 2.
[2] Id.
[3] Id.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 3110 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.  The bill would not affect revenues or direct spending.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.