Summary: H.R.4744 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/13/1994)

National Aquaculture Development, Commercialization, and Promotion Act of 1994 - Amends the National Aquaculture Act of 1980 to establish the Department of Agriculture (Department) as the lead Federal agency for the development of national policy and programs for private aquaculture.

(Sec. 5) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to: (1) establish within the National Agricultural Library a National Aquaculture Information Center; and (2) assign new aquaculture programs to the appropriate Federal agencies.

(Sec. 6) Provides for coordination with the aquaculture industry.

(Sec. 7) Authorizes the Secretary to pay the Federal share of grants and contracts for aquaculture commercialization research.

(Sec. 8) Directs the Secretary to: (1) implement a national policy for private aquaculture; (2) implement a Department Aquaculture Plan; (3) revise the National Aquaculture Development Plan; (4) treat private aquaculture as a form of agriculture; and (5) maintain and support a National Aquaculture Information Center.

(Sec. 9) Authorizes the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out grant and cooperative agreement programs to demonstrate aquaculture's application to environmental enhancement, including a pollution assessment program.

(Sec. 10) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out grant and cooperative agreement programs for Native American Fishpond revitalization.

(Sec. 11) Directs the Secretary to provide disaster assistance to eligible aquaculture farmers for weather-related losses.

(Secs. 12 and 13) Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) establish aquaculture education programs in secondary and postsecondary vocational schools; and (2) support international aquaculture scientific exchanges.

(Sec. 14) Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 15) Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to make aquaculture farmers eligible for farm credit assistance.

(Sec. 16) Amends the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978 to authorize the Secretary to establish an international aquaculture information and data collection program.

(Sec. 17) Amends the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 to make aquaculture farms eligible for the emergency conservation programs.

(Sec. 19) Directs the Secretary to develop a plan for voluntary certification of guidelines to ensure the quality of aquatic species subject to this Act in order to promote the marketing and transportation of aquatic products.