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Passed House amended (11/13/1997)

Coral Reef Conservation Act of 1997 - Directs the Secretary of Commerce to use amounts in the Coral Reef Conservation Fund (established by this Act) to provide grants for the conservation of coral reefs. Allows any relevant natural resource management authority of a State or U.S. territory or other governmental jurisdiction with coral reefs whose activities affect coral reefs, or any nongovernmental organization or individual with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of coral reefs, to submit a proposal.

Requires grant priority for projects promoting sustainable development and ensuring long-term coral reef conservation. Requires matching funds of at least 50 percent of the total project cost.

Establishes the Coral Reef Conservation Fund, consisting of monetary donations and amounts appropriated to the Fund. Authorizes appropriations.