2018 Scorecard Vote
Representative Don Young (R-AK) sponsored H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, which would reauthorize and amend the law governing U.S. fisheries—known as the Magnuson-Stevens Act. H.R. 200 would undermine decades of successful fisheries management and the science-based conservation tools that are essential in preventing overfishing, restoring depleted fish populations, and aiding coastal communities that have suffered the negative consequences of years of overfishing. This bill would weaken rebuilding requirements, establish broad loopholes in conservation efforts, decrease accountability for overfishing, and establish weaker standards for some sectors of the fishing economy, among other negative consequences for our nation’s oceans and fisheries. On July 11, the House approved H.R. 200 by a vote of 222-193 (House roll call vote 321). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.