Trustee Election
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  • ROCKFISHING
  • ILLEGAL FISHING
  • LONGLINE FISHING
  • BYCATCH
Winning Issue » BYCATCH


Fish or animals that are accidentally caught in commercial fishing operations are called bycatch. These dead or dying creatures are usually discarded overboard. Fisheries now throw away more than 20% of all the fish they catch. This translates into more than 2 billion tons of edible fish and drowned animals each year. It has recently been reported that 9 American fisheries, which produce just 7% of the fish sold here, are responsible for more than half of America’s bycatch. Some of these companies throw away as much as 66% of their catch, wasting this precious ocean resource. Fishing bycatch often includes young sharks, striped bass, swordfish, lingcod and halibut as well as animals such as dolphins, whales and seabirds. Marine advocates say the loss of young fish greatly limits the ability of a species to breed successfully. Bycatch often results from long-line and drag-net fishing methods and wastes food that tuna, salmon, sea lions and others depend upon for survival. It is estimated that about 1,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises drown each day after becoming entangled in nets and other fishing gear. Nearly 20% of all shark species are facing extinction from inadvertent long-line capture and as many as 250,000 unwanted loggerhead and leatherback turtles are also killed this way each year. Advocates say these commercial fishing practices are not sustainable and that we are endangering the health of our oceans.


Pending Legislation: None




Options


  • I oppose reforming current bycatch fishing policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support sponsoring a bill to reduce fishing bycatch and prohibiting fisheries from wasting more than 20% of their catch, with enforcement provided by onboard observers and sharply escalating penalties for repeat offenders, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support sponsoring a bill to reduce fishing bycatch and prohibiting fisheries from wasting more than 20% of their catch, with enforcement provided by onboard observers and sharply escalating penalties for repeat offenders, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider sponsoring a bill to reduce fishing bycatch and prohibiting fisheries from wasting more than 20% of their catch, with enforcement provided by onboard observers and sharply escalating penalties for repeat offenders.

If elected as a trustee, Oceana will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate and work for reducing fishing bycatch.

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Its offices in North America, South America and Europe work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. It believes in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Oceana scientists work closely with its teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans. It states that enormous trawl nets scoop up virtually everything in their path; immature and adult fish, as well as sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks, are captured on the 1.4 billion baited hooks set in longline fisheries every year. Under existing laws, the federal government is required to reduce bycatch and the deaths of the unintentionally captured fish, birds and animals. But the steps taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service -- the federal agency responsible for the management of U.S. fisheries -- have been grossly inadequate. Oceana is calling on the federal government to address bycatch as is required under existing law and immediately implement three critical measures to end wasteful fishing practices: count, cap and control.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020