Congresswoman Bordallo Sponsors Marine Debris Reauthorization Bill


Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has joined Congressman Sam Farr from California to re-introduce the Marine Debris Act Reauthorization Amendments of  2011.

According to a release from Congresswoamn Bordallo:

The bill would reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Authorization Act of 2006 (MDARPAA) which established the NOAA Marine Debris Program. The Reauthorization would amend the existing program to address the adverse impacts marine debris has on the environment, navigation safety, and the economy, through investigation and source identification, assessment, reduction, removal, and prevention. The bill would also streamline the program to avoid any overlaps or conflicts with the U.S Coast Guard and other federal agencies.

Congresswoman Bordallo is an original cosponsor of the bill, along with Rep. Don Young from Alaska, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher from California, Rep. Donna Christensen from the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Rep. Pedro Pierluisi from Puerto Rico. She introduced a similar bill in the 111th Congress, H.R. 6315.

“Marine debris poses serious threats to our birds and fisheries, while also affecting navigational safety, and polluting our beaches. This bill helps to protect the economic benefit that our ocean ecosystems provide our community through tourism and fisheries.  Guam would greatly benefit from the passage of the Marine Debris Reauthorization, as it would give states and local communities the tools we need to effectively protect our marine environments and wildlife” said Congresswoman Bordallo.  “I sponsored similar legislation in the 111th Congress, and I commend my colleague, Congressman Farr, for his efforts toward its reintroduction. I look forward to seeing this important bill enacted into law.”