Summary: H.R.4483 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.4483. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (03/18/1992)

Coral Reef Stewardship Act - Prohibits a person who is subject to U.S. jurisdiction from operating a vessel to injure, or present a clear and present danger of injuring, a coral reef ecosystem. Provides for: (1) civil penalties; (2) liability for response costs and damages, including liability in rem; and (3) enforcement by the Secretaries of Transportation and of Commerce.

Deposits response costs and recovered damages in the existing Damage Assessment and Restoration Revolving Fund. Specifies uses of the amounts, including for: (1) response actions; (2) resource restoration or replacement, recovery monitoring, and management of national marine sanctuaries; and (3) enforcement of these provisions and of specified provisions of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972.

Mandates a report to the Congress on the need for additional measures to improve navigation safety around coral reefs.

Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce, for the benefit of the contracting parties, to conduct domestic and international training programs regarding restrictions on coral trade and management of coral reefs.

Mandates a report on the laws of other nations on coral reef protection.

Requires: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency to issue habitat quality criteria that will protect and restore coral reefs; and (2) States, in developing programs under specified provisions of Federal law relating to protecting coastal waters, to include policies for coral reef protection and restoration.

Establishes in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a program of monitoring and public education relating to coral reefs. Mandates technical assistance and training to foreign government reef management employees.

Establishes a program of grants under the National Sea Grant College Program to support research on aquaculture of marine species of fish and invertebrates associated with coral reefs that are commonly collected from the wild for display in public or private aquaria.

Requires negotiations with other nations on multilateral and regional agreements for coral reef protection. Requires the negotiations, as much as practicable, to be pursued through the Regional Seas Programs of the United Nations Environment Program.

Authorizes appropriations.