IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 27, 2017
Ms. Hirono (for herself, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Markey, Mr. Merkley, and Mr. Carper) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2017.
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
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 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.