H. R. 1171
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act.
This Act may be cited as the
Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012.
Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment is expressed as an amendment to a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act (33 U.S.C. 1951 et seq.), as in effect immediately before the enactment of this Act.
Short title amendment
Section 1 (33 U.S.C. 1951 note) is amended by striking
Research, Prevention, and Reduction.
Section 2 (33 U.S.C. 1951) is amended to read as follows:
The purpose of this Act is to address the adverse impacts of marine debris on the United States economy, the marine environment, and navigation safety through identification, determination of sources, assessment, prevention, reduction, and removal of marine debris.
NOAA Marine Debris Program
Name of program
Section 3 (33 U.S.C. 1952) is amended—
in the section heading by striking
prevention and removal; and
in subsection (a)—
Prevention and Removal Program to reduce and prevent and inserting
Program to identify, determine sources of, assess, prevent, reduce, and remove;
the economy of the United States, after
marine debris on; and
by inserting a comma after
Paragraph (7) of section 7 (33 U.S.C. 1956) is amended by striking
Prevention and Removal.
Section 3(b) (33 U.S.C. 1952(b)) is amended to read as follows:
The Administrator, acting through the Program and subject to the availability of appropriations, shall—
identify, determine sources of, assess, prevent, reduce, and remove marine debris, with a focus on marine debris posing a threat to living marine resources and navigation safety;
provide national and regional coordination to assist States, Indian tribes, and regional organizations in identification, determination of sources, assessment, prevention, reduction, and removal of marine debris;
undertake efforts to reduce adverse impacts of lost and discarded fishing gear on living marine resources and navigation safety, including—
research and development of alternatives to gear posing threats to the marine environment, and methods for marking gear used in specific fisheries to enhance the tracking, recovery, and identification of lost and discarded gear; and
development of effective nonregulatory measures and incentives to cooperatively reduce the volume of lost and discarded fishing gear and to aid in its recovery; and
undertake outreach and education of the public and other stakeholders on sources of marine debris, threats associated with marine debris, and approaches to identify, determine sources of, assess, prevent, reduce, and remove marine debris and its adverse impacts on the United States economy, the marine environment, and navigational safety, including outreach and education activities through public-private initiatives.
Section 2204 of the Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987 and the item relating to that section in the table of contents contained in section 2 of the United States-Japan Fishery Agreement Approval Act of 1987 (33 U.S.C. 1915) are repealed.
Grant criteria and guidelines
Section 3(c) (33 U.S.C. 1952(c)) is amended—
in paragraph (1), by striking
section 2(1) and inserting
by repealing paragraph (5); and
by redesignating paragraphs (6) and (7) as paragraphs (5) and (6).
Repeal of obsolete provisions
Section 4 (33 U.S.C. 1953) is amended—
(a) Strategy.—; and
by repealing subsections (b) and (c).
Amendments to definitions
Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee
Except as provided in subsection (b), section 2203 of the Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987 (33 U.S.C. 1914) is redesignated and moved to replace and appear as section 5 of the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act (33 U.S.C. 1954).
The item relating to section 2203 in the table of contents contained in section 2 of the United States-Japan Fishery Agreement Approval Act of 1987 is repealed.
Biennial progress reports
Section 5(c)(2) (33 U.S.C. 1954(c)(2)), as in effect immediately before the enactment of this Act—
is redesignated as subsection (e) of section 5, as redesignated and moved by the amendment made by subsection (a) of this section; and
Annual progress reports.— and all that follows through
thereafter and inserting
Biennial progress reports.—Bienially;
by redesignating subparagraphs (A) through (E) as paragraphs (1) through (5) of such subsection; and
by moving such subsection 2 ems to the left.
Confidentiality of submitted information
Section 6(2) (33 U.S.C. 1955(2)) is amended by striking
by the fishing industry.
Marine debris definition
Section 7 (33 U.S.C. 1956) is amended—
by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (9), and moving such paragraph to appear after paragraph (8); and
by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:
marine debris means any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, and intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.
Authorization of appropriations
Section 9 (33 U.S.C. 1958) is amended—
are and inserting
2006 through 2010 and all that follows through
(1) and inserting
through fiscal year 2015;
in paragraph (1), by striking
$10,000,000 and inserting
; and and all that follows through the end of paragraph (2) and inserting a period.
Passed the House of Representatives August 1, 2012.
Karen L. Haas,