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      House Committee on Natural Resources
      Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
    IntroducedApril 22nd, 2009

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National Marine Mammal Research Program Act of 2009

Official Title

To authorize the Marine Mammal Commission to establish a national research program to fund basic and applied research on marine mammals, and for other purposes.


National Marine Mammal Research Program Act of 2009 - Amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to require the Marine Mammal Commission to establish the National Marine Mammal Research Program and a National Marine Mammal Research Program Office for the Research Program. Includes in the Program's purposes: (1) undertaking research on marine mammals, the factors that affect their populations and habitats, and related mitigation; and (2) coordinating and strengthening scientific research by developing partnerships among federal agencies, academia, industry, and other members of the oceanographic and marine mammal scientific communities. Authorizes the Commission to enter into contracts, make grants, or enter other arrangements as necessary to carry out the Program. Directs the President to create a National Marine Mammal Research Coordinating Committee, including in its duties: (1) developing a national marine mammal research plan; and (2) seeking to enter into an agreement with the National Research Council to periodically evaluate the scientific content of the plan and the implementation of research conducted under the Program.

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