Summary

                            A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2017

 This bill amends the National Sea Grant College Program Act to reauthorize
through FY2022 the National Sea Grant College Program.

The bill requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to
award Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships. Currently, NOAA has
discretion in awarding such fellowships. Those fellowships support the placement
of graduate students in fields related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes
resources in positions with the executive and legislative branches.

NOAA must establish priorities for the use of donations given for the National
Sea Grant Program. 

An agency may appoint a recipient of a Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy
Fellowship to a federal position within two years after such recipient
successfully completes a fellowship.

The bill authorizes through FY2022 grants for university research on: (1) the
biology, prevention, and control of aquatic nonnative species; (2) oyster
diseases, oyster restoration, and oyster-related human health risks; (3) the
biology, prevention, and forecasting of harmful algal blooms; and (4)
sustainable aquaculture techniques and technologies. The bill also authorizes
through FY2022 grants for: (1) fishery extension activities conducted by sea
grant colleges or sea grant institutes to enhance existing core program funding;
and (2) priority issues identified in the National Sea Grant Program's strategic
plan.



                        

Actions

  • Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 26.

    Mar 30th, 2017
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Thune without amendment. With written report No. 115-15.

    Mar 30th, 2017
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Thune without amendment. With written report No. 115-15.

    Mar 30th, 2017
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

    Jan 12th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Jan 12th, 2017