An Act To Create the Ocean Acidification Council
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §12004-I, sub-§57-H is enacted to read:
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This subsection is repealed December 31, 2018.
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA c. 33 is enacted to read:
THE OCEAN ACIDIFICATION COUNCIL
§ 3301. The Ocean Acidification Council
(1) Two representatives of an environmental or community group or one from each type of organization;
(2) Three persons who fish commercially, including at least one aquaculturist; and
(3) Three scientists who have studied coastal or ocean acidification; and
(1) The Commissioner of Marine Resources or the commissioner's designee;
(2) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection or the commissioner's designee; and
(3) The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry or the commissioner's designee.
§ 3302. Repeal
This chapter is repealed December 31, 2018.
This bill establishes the Ocean Acidification Council to identify, study, prevent, remediate and mitigate the direct and indirect effects of coastal and ocean acidification on species that are commercially harvested and grown in the State's coastal and ocean environments.
It provides for 16 council members, including 2 members of the Senate, 3 members of the House of Representatives, 2 representatives of an environmental or community group, 3 persons who fish commercially, including at least one aquaculturist, 3 scientists and the Commissioner of Marine Resources, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry or those commissioners' designees.
The powers and duties of the council include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Reviewing, analyzing and studying the existing scientific literature and data on coastal and ocean acidification and how it has directly or indirectly affected or may potentially affect commercially harvested and grown species along the coast of the State;
2. Identifying and monitoring the factors contributing to coastal and ocean acidification and identifying methods to mitigate acidification;
3. Working to implement the recommendations contained in the December 2014 report of the Commission To Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification and Its Existing and Potential Effects on Species That Are Commercially Harvested and Grown Along the Maine Coast established by Resolve 2013, chapter 110;
4. Advising state agencies, the Legislature, Maine's congressional delegation, the Governor and federal entities on matters of coastal and ocean acidification;
5. Assisting the Legislature and the Governor with pending legislation related to coastal and ocean acidification including giving testimony at a public hearing on legislation before a joint standing committee of the Legislature;
6. Identifying and promoting economic development opportunities afforded by ocean acidification through development and commercialization of new technologies and businesses;
7. Recommending or submitting legislation to the Legislature relating to coastal and ocean acidification matters; and
8. Holding public hearings to receive testimony and recommendations from members of the public and qualified experts on matters related to coastal and ocean acidification.
This bill also requires the council to submit an annual report to the Legislature and authorizes the council to accept funding from outside sources and contains a provision repealing the laws establishing the council December 31, 2018.