Ocean Acidification Bills Passed this Week in the U.S. House of Representatives

June 4, 2019

Update: All four bills passed in the house this week, they need to be passed in the Senate to become law.

Positive movement on ocean legislation is a great way to start World Oceans Month (#worldoceansmonth).

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) stopped by the Capitol Hill Ocean Week (#CHOW2019) opening session, on June 4, to highlight a series of bipartisan bills to deal with ocean acidification which will be introduced in the U.S. Congress this week.

Ocean acidification, mainly caused by the ocean’s absorption of Carbon Dioxide, is one of the most significant threats to marine life.

Representative Pingree said, “To see these bills come to the floor for a vote is a big milestone.” She noted that they are “likely to move forward.”

Here is a look at the bills to be introduced this week (via Energy and Environmental News).

  • H.R. 1237, by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), to reauthorize ocean and coastal research monitoring programs. The bill would create an Ocean Acidification Advisory Board to improve coordination among federal agencies exploring those issues.
  • H.R. 1716, from Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), to direct NOAA to study the impact of ocean acidification on coastal communities.
  • H.R. 1921, from Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), to allow federal agencies to award scientists prizes for coming up with innovative approaches to understanding and solving ocean acidification.
  • H.R. 988, from Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), to direct the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Ocean Studies Board to study the impacts of ocean acidification on estuarine environments.

Author – Lisa Stryker, Communications Specialist, Marine Technology Society

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