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H.R. 4811 (114th): Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 17, 2016 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



2d Session

H. R. 4811


March 17, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Beyer, Ms. Bordallo, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Curbelo of Florida, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Farr, Ms. Frankel of Florida, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Grayson, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Norton, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Murphy of Florida, and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2016.


Prize competitions to promote innovation in coral reef research and conservation

The Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 6401 et seq.) is amended—


by redesignating sections 208, 209, and 210 (16 U.S.C. 6407, 6408, and 6409) as sections 209, 210, and 211, respectively; and


by inserting after section 207 the following:


Coral reef prize competitions


In general

The head of any Federal agency with a representative serving on the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force established under Executive Order 13089 issued on June 11, 1998 (16 U.S.C. 6401 note) may, either individually or in cooperation with one or more agencies, carry out a program to award prizes competitively under section 24 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3719).



Any program carried out under this section shall be for the purpose of stimulating innovation to advance the ability of the United States to understand, research, or monitor coral reef ecosystems, or to develop management or adaptation options to preserve, sustain, and restore coral reef ecosystems.


Priority programs

Priority shall be given to establish programs under this section that address communities, environments, or industries that are in distress due to the decline or degradation of coral reef ecosystems, including—


scientific research and monitoring that furthers the understanding of causes behind coral reef decline and degradation and the generally slow recovery following disturbances, including ocean acidification and its impacts on coral reproduction;


the development of monitoring or management options for communities or industries that are experiencing significant financial hardship;


the development of adaptation options to alleviate economic harm and job loss caused by damage to coral reef ecosystems;


the development of measures to help vulnerable communities or industries, with an emphasis on rural communities and businesses; and


the development of adaptation and management options for impacted tourism industries.