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Research Project: Research for Farming of Kelp and Seagrass

Location: Animal Production and Protection

Project Number: 0208-32000-001-042-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 30, 2021
End Date: Sep 29, 2024

Conduct and review research to help meet USDA obligations under the 2019 Fiscal Year Appropriations Bill as follows: SEC. 770. (a) The Secretary of Agriculture, in coordination with the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shall establish a working group (referred to in this section as the ‘‘working group’’)— (1) to study how mangroves, kelp forests, tidal marshes, and seagrass meadows could help deacidify the oceans; (2) to study emerging ocean farming practices that use kelp and seagrass to deacidify the oceans while providing feedstock for agriculture and other commercial and industrial inputs; and (3) to coordinate and conduct research to develop and enhance pilot-scale research for farming of kelp and seagrass in order— (A) to deacidify ocean environments; (B) to produce a feedstock for agriculture; and (C) to develop other scalable commercial applications for kelp, seagrass, or products derived from kelp or seagrass. (b) The working group shall include— (1) the Secretary of Agriculture; (2) the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; (3) representatives of any relevant offices within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and (4) the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (c) Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the working group shall submit to Congress a report that includes— (1) the findings of the research described in subsection (a); (2) the results of the pilot-scale research described in subsection (a)(3); and (3) any policy recommendations based on those findings and results.

In partnership with the Federal Working Group on Research for Farming Kelp and Seagrass, identify gaps in research related to the capacity for seaweeds and seagrasses to de-acidify the oceans and opportunities to use farmed seaweeds and seagrasses in livestock feeds and other commercial uses. Develop a report entitled, "Opportunities for Environmental and Economic benefits from the Farming of Kelp and Seagrass in the United States" based on pilot scale research projects and reviews of peer-revised literature, including recommendations for future research.