The bill “Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act” has passed Senate

Bill Passed: A bill to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, and for other purposes.

The bill passed the Senate Jan 08, 2018 . It was originally sponsored by (R) Senator Roger Wicker from MS.

Summary: Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act This bill revises and reauthorizes through FY2021 the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009. The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) is a network of federal and regional entities that provide information about the nation’s coasts and oceans, as well as the Great Lakes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) must: (1) serve as the lead federal agency for the implementation of the IOOS, and (2) establish an IOOS Program Office to oversee daily operations and coordination of the IOOS. The bill outlines the requirements for NOAA as the lead agency. The bill establishes a process for regional associations to certify their regional coastal observing systems. The Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology of the National Science and Technology Council must: (1) conduct an Ocean Chemistry Coastal Community Vulnerability Assessment on ocean acidification within a year and every five years thereafter; and (2) develop a plan to deploy ocean acidification sensors prioritized by the threat to coastal economies and ecosystems, gaps in data on ocean acidification, and research needs. The National Science Foundation’s research on ocean acidification must include research on: (1) impacts of multiple stressors on ecosystems exhibiting hypoxia (a dead zone that is depleted of oxygen), harmful algal blooms (rapid accumulation of algae), or sediment delivery; and (2) the effects of those impacts combined with changes in ocean chemistry.

The bill mainly concerns itself with these subjects; Congressional oversight, Marine pollution, Great Lakes, Geography, Marine and coastal resources, fisheries, Civil actions and liability, Government information and archives, Atmospheric science and weather, Environmental assessment, monitoring, research, Marine and inland water transportation, Transportation safety and security, Advisory bodies and Public Lands and Natural Resources.

List of 1st Bill Amendments

  • To authorize an annual appropriation of $40,200,000 through fiscal year 2021 to carry out the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (33 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.).


  • (D) Sen. Maria Cantwell from WA
  • (R) Sen. Lisa Murkowski from AK
  • (R) Sen. Dan Sullivan from AK
  • (R) Sen. Bill Cassidy from LA
  • (R) Sen. Lindsey Graham from SC
  • (R) Sen. Susan Collins from ME
  • (D) Sen. Edward J. Markey from MA
  • (D) Sen. Brian Schatz from HI
  • (D) Sen. Gary Peters from MI
  • (D) Sen. Margaret Hassan from NH
  • (D) Sen. Elizabeth Warren from MA


Media Gazelle, US Tribune News, 10 January 2018. Article.


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