Summary: H.R.3919 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (07/19/2000)

Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration Partnership Act of 2000 - Establishes the Coral Reef Task Force to, among other things: (1) coordinate all Federal activities related to coral reefs; (2) coordinate national policies, programs, and priorities for the conservation and protection of U.S. coral reefs and reef ecosystems; (3) coordinate coral reef research programs; (4) promote actions for the conservation and sustainable use of coral reef resources worldwide; and (5) recommend solutions to reduce unsustainable fishing practices on coral reefs worldwide.

Requires the Task Force to publish and report to specified congressional committees on a national coral reef action strategy. Directs the Task Force to submit a coordinated U.S. coral reef mapping, monitoring, and assessment program to such committees.

Grants the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) exclusive authority to manage coral reef ecosystem fish in the exclusive economic zone as provided by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, without affecting certain authorities of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to national wildlife refuges.

Requires the Secretary, subject to the availability of appropriations, to provide grants for coral reef conservation projects to State or local governments with jurisdiction over coral reefs and educational institutions or nonprofit organizations with expertise in coral reef conservation. Sets forth requirements for eligible projects, including matching fund requirements.

Authorizes the Secretary, subject to the availability of appropriations, to conduct activities to conserve coral reefs and coral reef ecosystems.

Authorizes and allocates appropriations. Authorizes appropriations for establishment of a Coral Disease Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands.