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go directly to report, PDF _ R40172 - Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Issues in the 111th Congress
22-Oct-2010; Eugene H. Buck, Harold F. Upton; 39 p.
Update: Previous releases
September 24, 2010
July 23, 2010
January 29, 2010
April 10, 2009
March 26, 2010
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Abstract: Fish and marine mammals are important resources in open ocean and nearshore coastal areas; many federal laws and regulations guide their management as well as the management of their habitat.

Commercial and sport fishing are jointly managed by the federal government and individual states. Sta.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine

go directly to report, PDF _ RL32154 - Marine Protected Areas: An Overview
29-Sep-2010; Eugene H. Buck, and Harold F. Upton; 26 p.
Update: Previous releases:
February 6, 2009
January 29, 2008
March 1, 2007
May 13,2005
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Abstract: There continues to be congressional interest in limiting human activity in certain areas of the marine environment, as one response to mounting evidence of declining environmental quality and populations of living resources. The purposes of proposed additional limits would be both to stem decline.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Biodiversity, Natural Resources
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33404 - Offshore Oil and Gas Development: Legal Framework
20-Sep-2010; Adam Vann; 26 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
April 6, 2010
August 5, 2008
January 30, 2008
January 30, 2007
September 21, 2007
March 3, 2007
January 3, 2007
July 28, 2006
July 14, 2006
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Abstract: The development of offshore oil, gas, and other mineral resources in the United States is impacted by a number of interrelated legal regimes, including international, federal, and state laws. International law provides a framework for establishing national ownership or control of offshore areas, .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Legislative, Marine
go directly to report, PDF _ R41396 - The 2010 Oil Spill: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Under the Oil Pollution Act
8-Sep-2010; Kristina Alexander; 18 p.
Abstract: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill leaked an estimated 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, damaging the waters, shores, and marshes, and the fish and wildlife that live there. The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) establishes a process for assessing the damages to those natural resources .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Natural Resources, Pollution
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33705 - Oil Spills in U.S. Coastal Waters: Background, Governance, and Issues for Congress
2-Sep-2010; Jonathan L. Ramseur; 28 p.
Update: Previous releases:
April 30, 2010
September 2, 2008
February 5, 2008
August 23, 2007
April 24, 2007
October 25, 2006 (/NLE/CRSreports/06Nov/RL33705.pdf)
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Abstract: The impacts of an oil spill depend on the size of the spill, the rate of the spill, the type of oil spilled, and the location of the spill. Depending on timing and location, even a relatively minor spill can cause significant harm to individual organisms and entire populations. Oil spills can cau.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Marine, Government
go directly to report, PDF _ R41265 - The 2010 Oil Spill: The MMS/BOEMRE and NEPA
19-Aug-2010; Kristina Alexander; 30 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 4, 2010
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Abstract: On April 20, 2010, an exploratory oil well in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 people and causing the worst oil spill in American history. The oil well was on a tract leased by BP, having obtained a lease and the relevant permits from the federal government. Under relevant federal law, fed.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Pollution, Marine
go directly to report, PDF _ R41370 - Federal Civil and Criminal Penalties Possibly Applicable to Parties Responsible for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
16-Aug-2010; Robert Meltz; 13 p.
Abstract: Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, 2010, Congress has given much attention to the compensatory liability provisions of the Oil Pollution Act and, to a lesser extent, those of the Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act. However, federal laws possibly relevant to the oil.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Waste Management, Pollution
go directly to report, PDF _ R40175 - Wind Energy: Offshore Permitting
11-Aug-2010; Adam Vann; 16 p.
Abstract: Technological advancement, financial incentives, and policy concerns have driven a global expansion in the development of renewable energy resources. Wind energy, in particular, is now often cited as the fastest-growing commercial energy source in the world. Currently, all U.S. wind energy facili.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Marine, Science & Technology
go directly to report, PDF _ R41262 - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress
31-Jul-2010; Curry Hagerty, Jonathan Ramseur; 53 p.
Update: Previous releases:
July 15, 2010
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Abstract: On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This resulted in 11 worker fatalities, a massive oil release, and a national response effort in the Gulf of Mexico region by the federal and state governments as well as BP. Based on est.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Marine, Wetlands
go directly to report, PDF _ R41311 - The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response
5-Aug-2010; M. Lynne Corn and Claudia Copeland; 29 p.
Abstract: The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, and the resulting oil spill began a cascade of effects on the coastal areas of the Gulf and on the wealth of species that inhabit those areas. These wetlands, like those elsewhere, have value for water qu.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Wetlands, Biodiversity
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