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house Bill H.R. 2168

Should West Coast States Be Allowed to Permanently Manage the Dungeness Crab Fishery Without Federal Interference?

Argument in favor

The 17 years of state-managed fisheries have shown that California, Oregon, and Washington can keep the Dungeness crab harvest at a sustainable level to ensure the long-term prosperity of fishermen and coastal communities.

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07/02/2015
The Western states have been efficiently managing the Dungeness crab fishery for nearly two decades. Making that role permanent and taking the issue out of Congress' hands is a huge positive for the region.
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10/05/2015
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people... #StatesRights
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07/03/2015
If state managed fisheries can do it more effectively than federal ones ( and almost always assuredly do) then why not allow such institutions to do their job?
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Argument opposed

The jury is still out regarding the effectiveness of state-managed fisheries — the federal government should remain involved enough that it can step in and regulate if the states start to lose their grip on the crab population.

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06/30/2015
The environment needs all the help it can get!
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Joel's Opinion
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07/02/2015
Local communities and companies have proven they cannot protect crab populations on there own, federal intervention is a necessity.
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12/05/2015
The states manage these areas great, these pacific states are very liberal and care for the environment. But the federal government needs the authority to step in if necessary.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2168?

This bill would permanently extend a cooperative agreement allowing Oregon, Washington, and California to collaboratively manage the Dungeness crab fishery off the West Coast. The agreement was first authorized by Congress in 1996, and has been in effect for 17 years, and is currently set to expire in 2016.


Participating states will continue to work with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission — a federal and state partnership — to manage the crab stocks and conduct fishery science.

Impact

Consumers of Dungeness crab; people who fish for Dungeness crab recreationally or commercially; the fish and wildlife regulators of Oregon, Washington, and California; the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2168

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: This bill was introduced by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) with the support of four Democratic cosponsors who represent Oregon and Washington — two of the states that will be empowered to continue regulating the Dungeness crab fishery.

In a press release, Rep. Herrera Beutler said that: 

“Fishermen from Washington, Oregon and California are responsibly working together to keep the Dungeness crab fishery healthy and sustainable for future generations. They shouldn’t have to travel to Washington D.C. every few years to plead for the extension of a proven plan that has proven to work for our local economy and the Dungeness fishery.”

Of Note: Dungeness crab play a significant role in the economy of fishing communities along the Pacific Coast, as their combined catch was valued at about $252 million in 2013.

The fishery’s total average catch is about 42.5 million pounds per year, although this varies from year-to-year. For example, the Dungeness crab catch in Oregon has been as high as 33 million pounds and as low as 3.2 million pounds per year — with an average of 10.3 million pounds. This is due the cyclical nature of the Dungeness crab catch, which is usually characterized by several years of high numbers of crab caught followed by below average seasons.

However, cyclical catches aren’t indicative of a poorly managed fishery in this case, as this species of crab live between eight and 13 years — and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch gives the Dungeness crab its highest rating for sustainable management.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Rosannadana)

AKA

West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act

Official Title

To make the current Dungeness crab fishery management regime permanent and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed October 6th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015

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    The Western states have been efficiently managing the Dungeness crab fishery for nearly two decades. Making that role permanent and taking the issue out of Congress' hands is a huge positive for the region.
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    Local communities and companies have proven they cannot protect crab populations on there own, federal intervention is a necessity.
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    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people... #StatesRights
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    The environment needs all the help it can get!
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    The states manage these areas great, these pacific states are very liberal and care for the environment. But the federal government needs the authority to step in if necessary.
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    If state managed fisheries can do it more effectively than federal ones ( and almost always assuredly do) then why not allow such institutions to do their job?
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    National waters, multistate fisheries boundaries...federal management.
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    The federal government has consistently demonstrated it's likely to screw up anything it touches, especially things it doesn't need to. CA, OR, & WA are run by environmentalists. They're crazy, but they're going to do better than DC handling the local environment.
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    Less federal oversight the better, especially when these communities have been able to prove through the duration of the current bill that they are both responsible and sustainable. People within these communities will pass on their skills and continue the approach or adapt if any changes occur. This should be a state level decision if any regulations are needed to be made. The states understand their oceans and marine life better than those elected officials in Washington.
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    States Rights
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    The federal government won't have to intervene unless absolutely necessary. It serves as a safety net, and I think it should stay that way.
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    It seems to be working, keep it up
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    Is there ANYTHING the Feds don't have their nose in? YES, states should be able to control their own industries.
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    The federal government is notorious for taking control of functioning programs and screwing them up.
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    We should have full faith in what each individual state can do!
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    Keep the non performing out of businesses, remember they could not manage the Bunny Ranch successfully!
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    YES YES YES!!! Give powers back to the States whenever possible!
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    17 years if successful maintenance is proof enough that the states can and will do the job. It is in our interests to keep this industry healthy. Federal involvement has nothing to contribute except bureaucratic paper work.
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    The Fed Government is to protect Mr. Public and it is not doing that while the southern border is wide open. Let the states do their thing and the Fed do it's thing. That is if Mr. Obuma will try and stick to the Constitution and quit lying.
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    Yes the states should regulate but just a little not too much. The government Agency becomes bigger than the crab industry. More progressive liberals than Crabs !
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