WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Gary Peters, Debbie Stabenow and Representative Dan Benishek, introduced legislation to spur Great Lakes funding and research efforts.

The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act gives the U.S. Geological Survey the clear legislative authority to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery industry. This bill will provide better federal funding opportunities to update technologies and create new research projects to benefit the Great Lakes.

"The Great Lakes are an ecological treasure, not just for Michiganders, but for Americans across the country," said Senator Peters, member of the Great Lakes Task Force. "The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act will increase certainty for the Great Lakes by ending piecemeal funding and putting in place a pathway for steady, long-term federal support. Giving the USGS, Great Lakes Science Center the legislative authority that it deserves will assist research efforts and aid development of advanced data collection technologies, so that we can continue to protect the diverse Great Lakes ecosystem and the regional economies it supports."

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