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Federal - HR 1568

Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered North Atlantic (SAVE) Right Whales Act, H.R. 1568

Introduced

March 6, 2019

Description

A bill to assist in the conservation of the North Atlantic right whale by supporting and providing financial resources for North Atlantic right whale conservation programs and projects of persons with expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales, and for other purposes.

Our Position

Support

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 26

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  • May 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Johnson, H. (D-Ga.)Schakowsky, (D-Ill.)
  • May 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Lowenthal, (D-Calif.)McGovern, (D-Mass.)
  • May 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Beyer (D-Va.)Deutch, (D-Fla.)Soto, (D-Fla.)
    Case, (D-Hawaii)Hastings, (D-Fla.)Van Drew, (D-N.J.)
    Clark, K. (D-Mass.)Raskin, (D-Md.)
  • May 1, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

    May 1, 2019 — Committee Vote: Whale Conservation Program — Substitute Amendment
      Grijalva, D-Ariz. —

    Substitute amendment that would remove findings language regarding the status of the North Atlantic right whales population. It also would strike language to express the sense of Congress that the U.S. and Canadian governments must work together to reduce lethal and sub-lethal effects of human activities on North Atlantic right whales and that addressing such threats would require a joint commitment and effort from government entities, local communities, marine scientists and conservationists, fisherman, owners and operators of passenger vessels and others in the shipping industry.

    Substitute amendment that would remove findings language regarding the status of the North Atlantic right whales population. It also would strike language to express the sense of Congress that the U.S. and Canadian governments must work together to reduce lethal and sub-lethal effects of human activities on North Atlantic right whales and that addressing such threats would require a joint commitment and effort from government entities, local communities, marine scientists and conservationists, fisherman, owners and operators of passenger vessels and others in the shipping industry.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 1, 2019 — Committee Vote: Whale Conservation Program — Vote to Report

    Authorize $5 million annually in fiscal 2019 though 2029 for the Commerce secretary to provide competitive financial assistance, including multi-year grants, for projects for the conservation of the North Atlantic right whales.

    The bill would allow relevant state and tribal agencies, research institutions, and nonprofit organizations with expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales to apply for such assistance.

    It also would make any other individual or entity, as determined appropriate by the secretary, with the expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales, including large whale disentanglement teams approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members in good standing of the National Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, sectors of the shipping and fishing industries, fishing gear manufacturers and rope manufacturers eligible for such assistance.

    The bill also would require the Commerce secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment and annually thereafter, to report to Congress on the results and effectiveness of projects receiving assistance under the bill, along with recommendations on how the competitive financial assistance program could be improved and whether funding for the program should be continued in the future.

    It also would authorize $300,000 annually in fiscal 2019 through 2029 for the Commerce secretary to conduct a continuous plankton recorder survey with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center to track the abundance and distribution of plankton. It would require the secretary to begin the survey within 180 days of the bill's enactment and require such survey to be conducted on an ongoing basis.

    Authorize $5 million annually in fiscal 2019 though 2029 for the Commerce secretary to provide competitive financial assistance, including multi-year grants, for projects for the conservation of the North Atlantic right whales.

    The bill would allow relevant state and tribal agencies, research institutions, and nonprofit organizations with expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales to apply for such assistance.

    It also would make any other individual or entity, as determined appropriate by the secretary, with the expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales, including large whale disentanglement teams approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members in good standing of the National Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, sectors of the shipping and fishing industries, fishing gear manufacturers and rope manufacturers eligible for such assistance.

    The bill also would require the Commerce secretary, within two years of the bill's enactment and annually thereafter, to report to Congress on the results and effectiveness of projects receiving assistance under the bill, along with recommendations on how the competitive financial assistance program could be improved and whether funding for the program should be continued in the future.

    It also would authorize $300,000 annually in fiscal 2019 through 2029 for the Commerce secretary to conduct a continuous plankton recorder survey with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center to track the abundance and distribution of plankton. It would require the secretary to begin the survey within 180 days of the bill's enactment and require such survey to be conducted on an ongoing basis.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 23-13.
  • April 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Brownley, (D-Calif.)Cohen, (D-Tenn.)Neguse, (D-Colo.)
    Buchanan, (R-Fla.)Kuster, (D-N.H.)Sablan, (I-N. Marianas)
    Casten, (D-Ill.)Lipinski, (D-Ill.)
  • March 26, 2019 — Subcommittee hearing held by the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife.

  • March 13, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Cicilline, (D-R.I.)Mast, (R-Fla.)
  • March 6, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 4

    Huffman, (D-Calif.)Posey, (R-Fla.)
    Keating, (D-Mass.)Rutherford, (R-Fla.)
  • March 6, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Budget, House Natural Resources.Congressional Record p. H2504