The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1335, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act,” on June 1, 2015. The vote, 225-152, was largely along party lines.
To find out how Members voted, see the Roll Call of votes.
H.R. 1335 undermines the strong science and conservation measures within the current law and promotes greater uncertainty in the future management of our fisheries. Moving ahead, the Network looks forward to working with the Senate on legislation that builds upon the Magnuson-Stevens Act’s success and strengthens it to meet the new challenges our oceans and fisheries face.
We cannot support H.R. 1335 and believe it is the wrong foundation for reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Read our letter to the House of Representatives laying out our vision for reauthorization. See also the Obama Administration “Statement of Administration Policy” strongly opposing H.R. 1335 as well as other partner and stakeholder letters to Congress related to H.R. 1335 and MSA reauthorization.