Ocean and Coastal Programs
Ocean and Coastal Programs Authorization Act of 1990 - Authorizes appropriations to the Secretary of Commerce to carry out activities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) relating to:
(1) mapping, charting, and geodesy;
(2) observation and assessment;
(3) ocean and coastal management, under title III of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (not to be used for activities authorized separately under the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act);
(4) climate and air quality research;
(5) atmospheric research; and
(6) ocean and Great Lakes research.
Mandates that the Office of the Chief Scientist of NOAA submit to the Congress a plan for implementation of a nationwide climate services system and applied climatology program.
Authorizes appropriations to the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for research on methods to control and eradicate harmful exotic species in the Great Lakes, with certain portions earmarked for the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and for the National Sea Grant College Program. Prohibits use of these funds for research relating to sea lampreys.
(1) pursuant to provisions of the National Sea Grant College Program Act for priority oyster disease research; and
(2) to the National Sea Grant College Program for technical assistance to Pacific island nations on certain marine-related problems through the Pacific Island Network program.
Authorizes appropriations to the Secretary to carry out activities of NOAA relating to:
(1) executive direction and administrative activities;
(2) acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operation of facilities;
(3) marine services; and
(4) aircraft services.
Prohibits the Secretary of Commerce from reprogramming an amount authorized under this Act without prior notice to the House of Representatives and the Senate. Requires, notwithstanding specified provisions of Federal law, the price of a nautical chart or other product created or published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and sold after enactment of this Act be the price in effect on the date of enactment of this Act. Requires the Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology to conduct a study and report to the House of Representatives and the Senate regarding satellite oceanography.
Directs the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to submit to the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on how current and planned Federal satellite capabilities can aid Federal fisheries laws enforcement and international fisheries conservation programs implementation.
Establishes in NOAA a Cooperative Institute of Fisheries Oceanography in partnership with Duke University and the Consolidated University of North Carolina. Authorizes appropriations.
Authorizes the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to acquire real property and improvements in the area of Newport News-Norfolk, Virginia, for the purpose of consolidating facilities of NOAA. Directs the Secretary of Commerce to report to the Congress on the status and modernization needs of NOAA and the funding required to meet those needs.
Directs the Secretary of Commerce to submit to specified congressional committees a plan for the movement of the National Marine Fisheries Service facilities on Kodiak Island, Alaska, to an alternative location within the boundaries of the Kodiak Island Borough. Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to make grants and provide other financial assistance to States and provide technical assistance to develop geographic information systems, relating to lands and waters within the coastal zone, suitable for use in making land-use regulatory decisions by Federal, State, and local government agencies.
Limits grants to 50 percent of the cost of developing a system.
Directs the Secretary to develop:
(1) data standards and exchange formats for systems developed with such assistance; and
(2) guidelines to facilitate the exchange of information between Federal, State, and local governments and private users.