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.
What is House Bill H.R. 2168?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2168
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.
- Sponsoring Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) Press Release
- The Daily Astorian
- Chinook Observer
- National Fishermen
- Undercurrent News
- Pacific Fishery Management Council (In Favor)
- Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission (Context)
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West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act
To make the current Dungeness crab fishery management regime permanent and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
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- The house Passed October 6th, 2015Passed by Voice Vote
Water, Oceans, and WildlifeCommittee on Natural ResourcesIntroducedApril 30th, 2015
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