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house Bill H.R. 774

Using International Fishing Agreements to Stop Illegal Fishing

Argument in favor

Illegal fishing jeopardizes the sustainable future of our planet’s fisheries by depleting local fish stocks and destroying sensitive marine habitat. Also, it hurts the U.S. fishing industry economically, which damages coastal communities.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/03/2015
If they are agreements then they are enforceable. If they are unenforced than what was actually agreed upon? We do have assets on the high seas already so budgeting is not necessarily impacted.
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Dan's Opinion
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07/17/2015
Anything we can do to ensure or promote a sustainable US and world fishery has my YES vote!
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Sam's Opinion
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04/12/2016
Overfishing is a serious problem. We are fishing the same fish despite the vast diversity in the ocean. These super nets catch everything including dolphins, sharks, etc and it all gets reeled in. Not to mention the amount of fish that are caught simply to feed fish in "fish farms". The U.S. making a statement against illegal fishing is a good start as well as a powerful statement to the international community.
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Argument opposed

Even if the U.S. decides to fully implement this legislation and enforce these international agreements, there’s no guarantee other nations or individual vessels will cooperate.

John's Opinion
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06/30/2015
The penalty is to ONLY prevent them from using US port services? What is the point of that? If you are going to confiscate their ship and cargo like you would for drugs, then let's do it. Otherwise, they will simply take their illegal bounty to another country and continue to poach from legal fishermen...
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SherryTX's Opinion
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07/08/2015
This may look all warm and fuzzy on paper, but we cannot regulate the world's fishing practices.
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Cynthia's Opinion
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07/15/2015
NO MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 5th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed October 21st, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed July 27th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2015

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    If they are agreements then they are enforceable. If they are unenforced than what was actually agreed upon? We do have assets on the high seas already so budgeting is not necessarily impacted.
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    Our fishing waters are ours and we should move to protect our waters from damage and over fishing by others countries that don't live by or respect our fishing laws and restrictions.
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    Overfishing is a serious problem. We are fishing the same fish despite the vast diversity in the ocean. These super nets catch everything including dolphins, sharks, etc and it all gets reeled in. Not to mention the amount of fish that are caught simply to feed fish in "fish farms". The U.S. making a statement against illegal fishing is a good start as well as a powerful statement to the international community.
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    The penalty is to ONLY prevent them from using US port services? What is the point of that? If you are going to confiscate their ship and cargo like you would for drugs, then let's do it. Otherwise, they will simply take their illegal bounty to another country and continue to poach from legal fishermen...
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    Anything we can do to ensure or promote a sustainable US and world fishery has my YES vote!
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    This would be a big step in insuring plentiful fish stock for future generations.
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    Making a commitment to fighting illegal fishing is the first step.
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    Illegal fishing can devastate local fisheries and cause damage long-term. This bill will save us money in the long run as well as preserving endangered species.
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    I just read a NY Times article about this issue: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html?_r=1&referrer= This needs to stop!
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    unless we want maine and other fishery-dependent economies to turn into a sad, rural abstraction of detroit.....? maybe we can't control what others do on the water, but how could we not at least stand up for our own?
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    Illegal fishing should be stopped, this is a good step forward.
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    NO MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    This is harmful to the ecosystems!
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    Illegal fishing is a plight on our oceans, and is slowly killing off precious marine life. If our oceans die, we die with it.
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    Seems like the amount this would cost is too low to justify a Nay vote on such a crucial issue as our global overfishing crisis.
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    This may look all warm and fuzzy on paper, but we cannot regulate the world's fishing practices.
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    Overfishing as a result of illegal fishing will put the earth's fish supply at risk
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    No mo fish boy!!!
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    There needs to be stricter fishing policies to protect the environment.
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    Illegal fishing not only hurts the fish population but are putting endangered sharks at risk by murdering them. Sharks are so important to the ecosystem of the ocean. They are the largest predators therefore maintaining ecological balance. If we allow illegal fisheries to continue to break the law we are condemning our oceans to destruction and doom
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