Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act Law and Legal Definition

The Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation that monitors and conducts research on the processes and consequences of ocean acidification on marine organisms and ecosystems. It is established pursuant to 33 USCS §§ 3701. The following are the objectives of the Act:

1. To establish an interagency research and monitoring program on ocean acidification;

2.To establish an ocean acidification program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;

3.To make assessment and consideration of regional and national ecosystem and socioeconomic impacts of increased ocean acidification; and

4.To research adaptation strategies and techniques for effectively conserving marine ecosystems as they cope with increased ocean acidification.

In addition, the Act helps in developing the strategic research and monitoring plan to guide federal research on ocean acidification. The Act also makes an assessment of the potential impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms and marine ecosystems. The Act helps in making mitigation strategies to conserve marine organisms and ecosystems exposed to ocean acidification. The Act establishes an Ocean Acidification Information Exchange to make information on ocean acidification developed through or utilized by the interagency ocean acidification program accessible through electronic means, including information which would be useful to policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders in mitigating or adapting to the impacts of ocean acidification.