S.3059 - Marine Mammal Research and Response Act of 2016114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] (Introduced 06/15/2016)|
|Committees:||Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 114-386|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 11/28/2016 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 690. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.3059 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (11/28/2016)
Marine Mammal Research and Response Act of 2016
This bill reauthorizes through FY2022 and revises the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, including by expanding the Act and the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue and Response Grant Program to include assistance for marine mammals that are entangled in material (e.g., fishing gear) and are on U.S. beaches or shores, or in U.S. navigable waters.
(Sec. 2) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) must develop a program to make publicly available certain data collected under the Act.
(Sec. 4) The bill requires sums received for marine mammal conservation (e.g., fines for violations) and sums received from emergency declaration grants for marine mammal conservation to be deposited into the Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Event Fund.
(Sec. 7) The bill establishes the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue and Rapid Response Fund for providing emergency financial assistance for certain stranded or entangled marine mammals.
(Sec. 8) NOAA must: (1) establish a Marine Mammal Health Map, a national marine mammal health and stranding observing system; (2) analyze gaps in data about marine mammal rescue and response; and (3) report on the response capabilities for sick and injured marine mammals in U.S. Arctic regions.