H.R.556 - Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act

To establish a program of research, recovery, and other activities to provide for the recovery of the southern sea otter. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: To establish a program of research, recovery, and other activities to provide for the recovery of the southern sea otter. as introduced.
  • Short: Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act as introduced.
  • Short: Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act as reported to house.
  • Short: Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act as passed house.

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Result: Passed - July 28, 2009

Roll call number 651 in the House

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 556 Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act

 

Official Summary

Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act - (Sec. 2) Requires the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), to carry out a Recovery and Research Program for southern sea otter populations

Official Summary

Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act -

(Sec. 2)

Requires the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), to carry out a Recovery and Research Program for southern sea otter populations along the coast of California that includes:
(1) monitoring, analysis, and assessment of population demographics, health, mortality, and life history parameters; and
(2) implementation of measures to reduce or eliminate potential factors limiting populations that are related to marine ecosystem health or human activities. Requires the Secretary to:
(1) appoint persons to a southern sea otter recovery implementation team as authorized under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 within a year;
(2) establish a peer-reviewed, merit-based process to award competitive grants for research regarding such otters and for projects assisting the recovery of otter populations; and
(3) establish a peer review panel to provide scientific advice and guidance to prioritize proposals for grants. Authorizes research grant topics to include:
(1) causes of sea otter mortality;
(2) southern sea otter demographics and natural history;
(3) effects and sources of pollutants, nutrients, and toxicants on such otters and sequestration of contaminants;
(4) effects and sources of infectious diseases and parasites affecting such otters;
(5) limitations on the availability of food resources for such otters and the impacts of food limitation on southern sea otter carrying capacity;
(6) interactions between southern sea otters and coastal fisheries and other human activities in the marine environment;
(7) assessment of the keystone ecological role of sea otters in southern and central California's coastal marine ecosystems; and
(8) assessment of the adequacy of emergency response and contingency plans. Authorizes funded recovery projects to include projects to:
(1) protect and recover southern sea otters;
(2) reduce, mitigate, or eliminate potential factors limiting southern sea otter populations that are related to human activities; and
(3) implement emergency response and contingency plans. Requires the Secretary, within 12 months, to report to Congress on:
(1) the status of southern sea otter populations;
(2) implementation of the research and grant programs; and
(3) endangered species consultations regarding southern sea otters. Requires the Secretary, within 24 months and every five years thereafter, to report to Congress and the public on:
(1) an evaluation of southern sea otter health, causes of southern sea otter mortality, and the interactions of southern sea otters with California's coastal marine ecosystems;
(2) an evaluation of actions taken to improve otter health, reduce mortality, and improve southern sea otter habitat;
(3) recommendation for actions to improve otter health, reduce the occurrence of human-related mortality, and improve the health of such coastal marine ecosystems; and
(4) recommendations for funding to implement this Act.

(Sec. 4)

Authorizes appropriations for each of FY2010-FY2015.

(Sec. 5)

Terminates this Act on the date the Secretary publishes a determination that the southern sea otter should be removed from the endangered species and threatened species lists.

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Organizations Supporting H.R.556

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Friends of the Sea Otter
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • ...and 1 more. See all.

Organizations Opposing H.R.556

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