Summary: S.678 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (04/05/1995)

National Aquaculture Development, Research, and Promotion Act of 1995 - 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) Authorizes (currently requires) the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) 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) 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; and (4) treat private aquaculture as a form of agriculture.

(Sec. 8) 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 water-borne pollution assessment program.

(Sec. 9) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out grant and cooperative agreement programs for Native American fishpond revitalization.

(Sec. 10) Authorizes the Secretary to establish aquaculture education programs in secondary and postsecondary vocational schools.

(Sec. 11) Authorizes appropriations for aquaculture programs.

(Sec. 12) Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to make aquaculture farmers eligible for farm credit assistance.

(Sec. 13) Amends the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978 to authorize the Secretary to establish an international aquaculture information and data collection program.

(Sec. 14) Directs the Secretary to report to the Congress with respect to aquaculture information network enhancement.

(Sec. 15) Directs the Secretary to develop an aquatic species voluntary quality standards certification plan.

(Sec. 16) Directs the Secretary to report to the Congress on progress made in implementing this Act.