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1/3/2013--Introduced.Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2013 - Amends the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 to extend the award of remaining coral reef conservation... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2013''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title. Sec. 2. Amendment of Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. TITLE I--AMENDMENTS TO THE CORAL REEF CONSERVATION ACT

Sec. 101. Expansion of Coral Reef Conservation Program. Sec. 102. Emergency response. Sec. 103. National program. Sec. 104. Report to Congress. Sec. 105. Fund; grants; grounding inventory; coordination. Sec. 106. Clarification of definitions. Sec. 107. Authorization of appropriations. TITLE II--UNITED STATES CORAL REEF TASK FORCE

Sec. 201. United States Coral Reef Task Force. TITLE III--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CORAL REEF AUTHORITIES

Sec. 301. Coral reef conservation assistance. Sec. 302. National coral reef action strategy.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENT OF CORAL REEF CONSERVATION ACT OF 2000.

Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to or repeal of a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 6401 et seq.).

TITLE I--AMENDMENTS TO THE CORAL REEF CONSERVATION ACT

SEC. 101. EXPANSION OF CORAL REEF CONSERVATION PROGRAM.

(a) Project Diversity.--Section 204(d) (16 U.S.C. 6403(d)) is...

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I oppose H.R. 71: Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2013 because I feel they should be declared marine sanctuaries and off limits. This is nonsense. Clean up the Gulf first.

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DandieLion
OH-16
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 71: Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2013 because this country is BROKE. I am sure this is a noble cause, but not noble enough to fund with borrowed money.

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brookd007
TX-11
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2013 - Amends the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 to extend the award of remaining coral reef conservation program grant funds to appropriate projects, including monitoring and assessment, research, pollution reduction, education, and technical support. Authorizes actions to: (1) minimize injury to a coral reef or loss of an ecosystem function resulting from human activities; and (2) stabilize, repair, or restore the reef. Deems specified terms (such as "sanctuary resources" and "national marine sanctuary") to include any coral reef that is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States or (subject to state consent) any state, regardless of whether the reef is in a national marine sanctuary. Makes the destruction, loss, or injury of a coral reef not unlawful in certain circumstances, including if it was: (1) from permitted usage of fishing gear; (2) caused by an authorized activity; (3) subject to exception, the necessary result of marine scientific research; (4) caused by a federal agency in certain circumstances; or (5) unavoidable. Modifies the Act's purposes, the goals and objectives of the national coral reef action strategy, and the Act's authorized activities. Allows the Coral Reef Conservation Fund to be used to address emergency response actions. Authorizes the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to: (1) make community-based planning grants for increased protection of high priority coral reefs, (2) maintain an inventory of all coral reef vessel groundings, (3) identify all coral reefs with a high incidence of vessel impacts, and (4) identify measures to reduce such impacts. Directs the Secretary of Commerce to submit an international coral reef ecosystem strategy to Congress and authorizes the Secretary to establish an international coral reef ecosystem partnership program. Establishes the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force to coordinate federal actions. Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior, subject to appropriations, to provide financial assistance for coral reef conservation.

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