Marine Diseases Emergency Act
Marine diseases can have substantial ecological, economic, and social impacts. Sadly, there is very limited funding available to identify, monitor, forecast, or mitigate marine diseases. The Marine Disease Emergency Act (H.R. 5546), reintroduced by Rep. Dennis Heck (D-Wash) to the House of Representatives in February 2015, would provide immediate resources to mount a rapid response when marine infectious diseases are first detected.