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senate Bill S. 1334

Should the U.S. Implement Treaties to Stop Illegal Fishing and Conserve Fisheries?

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.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/11/2015
The US should attempt to make treaties on this issue to at least lower the amount of illegal fishing around the United States waters. Anything that will benefit the economy somewhat should get approved. Local fisheries will greatly benefit if some of the illegal fishing is decreased.
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David's Opinion
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07/18/2015
We should set a good example for fish management. Others will follow and those that do not will be clearly identified.
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Julliooos's Opinion
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02/15/2016
We keep overfishing our waters. If that trend continues we will run out of fish to eat. Not only that since those fish are prey for other animals those populations will die down. And pretty soon there's supposed to be more plastic in the ocean than there is fish. That's just messed up. We need to stop exploiting everything just to make a profit.
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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.

Leanora's Opinion
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03/18/2016
The Powers That Be....do not make good treaties....illegal fishing has been going on for so long that foreign countries that invade our costal waters just laugh, fish and try to sink Green Peace Boats.
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Randall's Opinion
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02/06/2016
Enforce our laws in our territory. We have way too many unenforceable agreements in place already.
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Diane's Opinion
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01/25/2016
No treaty in the world will stop illegal fishing. However, we can stop the import of the illegal booty and thus dry up the revenue. Take away the incentive and they'll find more legitimate ways to fish.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMay 13th, 2015
    The US should attempt to make treaties on this issue to at least lower the amount of illegal fishing around the United States waters. Anything that will benefit the economy somewhat should get approved. Local fisheries will greatly benefit if some of the illegal fishing is decreased.
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    We should set a good example for fish management. Others will follow and those that do not will be clearly identified.
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    The Powers That Be....do not make good treaties....illegal fishing has been going on for so long that foreign countries that invade our costal waters just laugh, fish and try to sink Green Peace Boats.
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    No treaty in the world will stop illegal fishing. However, we can stop the import of the illegal booty and thus dry up the revenue. Take away the incentive and they'll find more legitimate ways to fish.
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    And make sure by placing hefty fines for breaking the rules. Just my opinion
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    We keep overfishing our waters. If that trend continues we will run out of fish to eat. Not only that since those fish are prey for other animals those populations will die down. And pretty soon there's supposed to be more plastic in the ocean than there is fish. That's just messed up. We need to stop exploiting everything just to make a profit.
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    Enforce our laws in our territory. We have way too many unenforceable agreements in place already.
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    Preservation is critical to maintaining the health of oceans.
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    Illegal fishing is ruining the ocean
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    Add a provision that violators will be seized, removed from their vessels, the vessels scuttled and the violators repatriated, regardless of country of origin.
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    Yes
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    Global fish supplies are depleting at an alarming rate, and illegal fisheries use harmful methods such as bottom trawling to exacerbate this problem. Enforcing legislation more rigidly and providing a greater financial penalty is the obvious solution to endangered marine life. Saying that "it will happen anyway" is ridiculous: any illicit activity occurs anyway, despite laws against it; that does not mean we should let it run free and not regulate it.
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    Sounds like this is a bill that combines other agreements into one, with outlined enforcement and consequences.
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    According to NOAA, illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) fishing amounts to global economic losses between $10 billion and $23 billion each year. An issue that the leaders of the free world must resolve by implementing laws from existing international fishery agreements aimed at combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing operations. The United States and allied governments must take a firm stand against depleting local fish stocks and destroying sensitive marine habitat as it also affects the international economy.
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    No, that's why it's called illegal fishing
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    Yes! Torpedo illegal fishing boats!
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    yes, to keep the fish from extinction
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    If you can confiscate like illegal drugs, then do it. Just preventing them from offloading allows them to steal from us and distribute to other countries...
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    It's common sense to save the ocean
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    America has to lead the way to preserve the environment and protect species, and by having treaties show were serious in protecting it.
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