Summary: S.1192 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.1192. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (08/11/1995)

Marine Aquaculture Act of 1995 - Amends the National Sea Grant College Program Act to require that the National Sea Grant College Program include a national marine aquaculture research and development program. Mandates grants, contracts, and other activities to further research, development, education, and technology transfer and accelerate the development and growth of a sustainable marine aquaculture industry. Requires grants and contracts to be funded under existing authorizations of appropriations. Authorizes establishment of advisory committees and review panels as necessary. Authorizes appropriations.

Amends the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to add references to aquaculture to provisions relating to: (1) resource management improvement grants; and (2) coastal zone enhancement grants.

Prohibits offshore marine aquaculture facilities except by permit. Requires compliance with environmental standards and prohibits significantly interfering with recreational and commercial fishing, navigation, conservation, and aesthetic enjoyment. Allows permit fees. Authorizes civil penalties for permit violations. Mandates environmental standards.

Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct, make grants for, or contract for projects to demonstrate sustainable approaches to the development, installation, or operation of offshore marine aquaculture facilities.

Mandates model environmental guidelines regarding marine aquaculture facilities in State waters.

Requires making the financial assistance programs of the Department of Commerce fully available to qualified applicants seeking to construct marine aquaculture facilities in a State coastal zone or the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.