The interactions of federal and state governments regarding fish and wildlife were discussed in a hearing by the Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works’ Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife.
Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) pointed out that “a critical witness not present at today’s hearing, though the bulk of testimony and discussion of this hearing will be focused on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, [is] its director, Dan Ash, [who] was not invited to participate.”
Ronald J. Regan, Executive Director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, recommended “revising the several Federal Agency acts to define with more certainty and clarity the phrase ’in cooperation with the states‘ at the appropriate places which directs fish and wildlife management on federal lands and/or in statutes that recognize concurrent jurisdiction of state agencies with federal agencies for fish and wildlife.”
Federal and State governments share authority over the regulations and management of fish and wildlife management. However, states are managing the main day-today supervision. Nevertheless, states must comply with the U.S. government regulations.