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S. 3086 (114th): Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2016

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 22, 2016.


Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2016

This bill amends the Marine Debris Act to reauthorize through FY2021 for: (1) the Marine Debris Program, which includes activities for reducing debris in oceans and coastal areas; (2) an information clearinghouse on marine debris; and (3) enforcement of laws about discarded marine debris from ships.

The bill also revises the program by requiring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to work with: (1) other agencies to address both land- and sea-based sources of marine debris, and (2) the Department of State and other agencies to promote international action to reduce the incidence of marine debris.