(a)In conformity with the provisions of section
1101 of this title, it shall be the duty of the President with the advice and assistance of the Council to—
(1)survey all significant marine science activities, including the policies, plans, programs, and accomplishments of all departments and agencies of the United States engaged in such activities;
(2)develop a comprehensive program of marine science activities, including, but not limited to, exploration, description and prediction of the marine environment, exploitation and conservation of the resources of the marine environment, marine engineering, studies of air-sea interaction, transmission of energy, and communications, to be conducted by departments and agencies of the United States, independently or in cooperation with such non-Federal organizations as States, institutions and industry;
(3)designate and fix responsibility for the conduct of the foregoing marine science activities by departments and agencies of the United States;
(4)insure cooperation and resolve differences arising among departments and agencies of the United States with respect to marine science activities under this subchapter, including differences as to whether a particular project is a marine science activity;
(5)undertake a comprehensive study, by contract or otherwise, of the legal problems arising out of the management, use, development, recovery, and control of the resources of the marine environment;
(6)establish long-range studies of the potential benefits to the United States economy, security, health, and welfare to be gained from marine resources, engineering, and science, and the costs involved in obtaining such benefits; and
(7)review annually all marine science activities conducted by departments and agencies of the United States in light of the policies, plans, programs, and priorities developed pursuant to this chapter.
(b)In the planning and conduct of a coordinated Federal program the President and the Council shall utilize such staff, interagency, and non-Government advisory arrangements as they may find necessary and appropriate and shall consult with departments and agencies concerned with marine science activities and solicit the views of non-Federal organizations and individuals with capabilities in marine sciences.
1966—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 89–688, in par. (4), substituted “this title” for “this Act”, which, for purposes of codification has been changed to “this subchapter”.
Termination of Council
National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering, established under section
1102 of this title, terminated Apr. 30, 1971, for lack of funds. See Codification note set out under section
1102 of this title.
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