The Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act (FOARAM; 33 U.S.C. Chapter 50, Sec. 3701-3708) was passed by Congress in 2009. This legislation allowed for the establishment of NOAA’s Ocean Acidification program. The act outlined a coordinated process for federal agencies to create a plan for effective monitoring of processes and consequences of ocean acidification on marine organisms and ecosystems through the creation of an Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification. Also included in this legislation, is the requirement to develop adaptation strategies to conserve ecosystems (both at regional and national levels) vulnerable to the effects of acidification, and the associated socio-economic impacts.
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