Crab pots and peeler pots; marine-biodegradable escape panels, penalty. (SB552)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Crab pots and peeler pots; marine-biodegradable escape panels; penalty. Requires any crab pot sold in the Commonwealth and any peeler pot regulated by the Marine Resources Commission (the Commission), or used or sold in the Commonwealth, beginning January 1, 2019, to have two marine-biodegradable escape panels, defined in the bill, on different sidewalls of the upper chamber of the crab pot or peeler pot, as applicable. The bill requires that beginning July 1, 2020, any crab pot regulated by the Commission, or used or sold in the Commonwealth, have two such panels. The bill makes a violation of such provisions a Class 3 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102504D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/17/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB552)
01/18/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Read second time
01/23/2018Reading of amendment waived
01/23/2018Committee amendment agreed to
01/23/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB552E
01/23/2018Printed as engrossed 18102504D-E
01/24/2018Read third time and defeated by Senate (15-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 12 minutes.

Comments

Dean nininger writes:

I vote no!

Randy Harding writes:

Vote NO on this bill.

Leon Price writes:

I vote no.
1. This will be far too costly for the commercial Waterman.A cull ring now last the life forbthe pot.
2. They have already taken the burden of so many regulations.

Alice Harding writes:

Please, vote NO on this bill.

Billy Fones writes:

I vote NO!!!!

Shannon Westman writes:

I vote NO to this bill!!

Dustin Westman writes:

My vote is NO!!

Bill Jenkins writes:

Vote NO!

Brandon eanes writes:

I vote NO!!!

Lucas Maaiak writes:

No

Kim Reid writes:

I vote No, this is much to costly for the watermen.

Jacob Jewell writes:

I vote NO!

Garrett Withers writes:

I vote NO

Douglas Gallagher writes:

I vote no!

David. Rowe writes:

Vote NO.

Jessica Gallagher writes:

I vote no!

Jay moody writes:

No !

Keith Jett writes:

I VOTE NO!

Clifton Burton writes:

I vote no

Skip Salyers writes:

Vote NO to this bill.

Floyd Salyers writes:

No way!

Loretta Dawson writes:

I vote no.

Carlton Harding writes:

Please, do not pass this bill!

Timmy Gough writes:

I vote no

Charles Owen writes:

I vote no

Johnny Boothe writes:

I vote no

Clinton Steel writes:

Vote No. Hell No!

Neal Gough writes:

I vote No

Jason Lewis writes:

I vote NO!!!!

Kimberly writes:

I VOTE NO

Leah lucy writes:

I vote No

Troy Hainley writes:

I VOTE NO

Mitch Kellum writes:

VOTE NO! This is another burden on the V.A commercial fishermen we do not deserve! Not to mention the fact that traps will scarcly last 8 months without maintenance anyway!

Joe masiak writes:

I vote no!!!!

July Traylor writes:

I vote no!

R.J. MacDonald writes:

NO!

Hugh newton writes:

I vote no

Emory Rice writes:

I vote no to this Bill

Bill Davenport writes:

NO NO

Brian Wilson writes:

I vote NO!!

jeremy gardner writes:

I VOTE NO!

Matthew Sines writes:

No!

Dan Knott writes:

Vote No...As a Waterman I volunteered to test these panels for VMRC this past crab season and the panels all failed. This product is not ready for use and certainly shouldn’t be mandated. Once the concept and product can be proven and successfully tested then allow the Crab Advisory Panel and VMRC to conduct their duties to see if and how they should be used. Please do not place this type of a time and financial burden on the watermen for an unproven product...

Molly Barbee writes:

No this will be too costly

Angela Mabe writes:

I vote no.

Mary Jenkins writes:

Please vote NO!

Damien Crissey writes:

I vote No!

Betty Blick writes:

I vote NO!!

Elizabeth Gatchell writes:

I vote no!

Jarrett cooper writes:

Why don't you bunch of mfers come out them on the pots

Jarrett cooper writes:

More bullshit from the vmrc

Matthew Smith writes:

I vote no!

Dexter Bush writes:

No

Stacey hornor writes:

I vote no

Ethan writes:

Please vote NO.

Greg Herring writes:

I vote no. You are making the crabpot a throw away item. Adding maintenance to an already maintenance heavy item will end in more pots being left on the bottom when they erode too quickly.

Shannon writes:

No! It's already too expensive to maintain the pots. Ghost pots are such a tiny impact on the environment. This solves nothing.

Samuel Ferguson II writes:

I vote NO! TOO costly for the crabbers,especially when crab prices fall to $10 a bushel. If we have to do this then the $190 commercial watermans card we have to buy should be done away with. I pay more to be a waterman than my sister pays to be a Nurse!

David Wallace writes:

I Vote no.

Larry Jenkins Jr writes:

Definitely NO!

Gail Bondurant writes:

I vote NO

VIOLA WEST writes:

VOTE NO !

John Bernard Moughon writes:

I vote no ! The working waterman doesn’t need any more legislation to make his job harder or more expensive ! Lawmakers should be helping to save this way of life not put them out of business

Chris Allen writes:

I VOTE NO!

Craig Freeman writes:

We do not need this bill for peeler and crab pots. The law already requires two “cull rings” in crab pots. These cull rings allow undersize crabs and fish escape from the pots. The only thing that a biodegradable panel does is take more money out of the pockets of Virginia’s hard-working waterman. Bio-panels It will not do anything to save crabs or help with conservation. I highly recommend this committee vote NO on such an uneeded, redundant bill.

Tommy Fletcher writes:

I vote no.

Glen Harding writes:

Please vote No on this bill! It will be far too costly to each one of us that work these pots. There are already requirements in place for us to have 2 cull rings in each pot now.

Jordan Kellum writes:

I vote no!

Peyton Mason writes:

FV Miss Jane and he crew vote no

Karen Bristow writes:

I vote no! Too costly!

Smitty Dize writes:

Vote No! This is another costly bill for the watermen. It's also another bill that will line the makers pockets! Those ghost pots do more good than harm! Think Oyster Reef!

Timothy Rivera writes:

I vote no

Daphne Palmore writes:

Vote NO!

Monica Schenemann writes:

Vote should be no.
I echo comment made by Dan Knott

Ray Charnock writes:

I vote NO!!!!

Kevin Harrison writes:

Vote NO on this bill

Louis Whittaker writes:

No.

Karen Dawkins writes:

No.

Dianne Childress writes:

NO!! PLEASE VOTE NO You people won't stop until there are NO watermen left to catch a crab. This is yet another hardship on these hard working people. Mr. Mason, PLEASE take time to talk to these people, go out on the boat with them and see first hand what this is REALLY all about. I suspect you don't have a clue how something like this will effect them.

Jimmy foster writes:

I vote NO!

Russ Elthorp writes:

I vote NO

Denise Tawous writes:

I vote NO

I vote no writes:

I vote no because I know many a Waterman and they'll be stuck in the dirt if this happens

Gray Saunders writes:

NO!

Lee Deihl writes:

No!

Jake f writes:

I vote no for this bill because there are two rings on a crab pot that let undersize crabs and fish get out of the pot so I don't think there is a reason for this

Robert Kellum writes:

I vote no. The crabbers have enough expense today and why add to it?no no and NO.

Jeff Newsome writes:

Please vote No for this bill! Thanks!

willie guill writes:

NO NO NO

Skylar Dixon writes:

I vote NO!

Dalton Mckenney writes:

I vote no

Mary Allen writes:

Please, listen to the watermen,and vote no.

Curt Burton writes:

Vote no

Patrick mcgrady writes:

I vote No

Jonathan Morris writes:

No! We have enough expense as it it!

Matthew A McGrady writes:

NO

Derek Richards writes:

I vote NO!

Kelly King writes:

I VOTE NO!

Michael writes:

I vote no

Bryan Greenleaf writes:

No.

Cody writes:

I vote no this is a horrible idea this is just another way to weave out waterman it's already hard enough to make a living, this is just another way for the state to steal from the waterman by making pointless laws that in the end will only come with a negative result.

Lynn Ambrose writes:

I vote no

Norman Ward writes:

We the watermen of VA. have suffered enough over the years with the pot limit and especially the bushel limit we can’t take anymore extra expenses to barely make a living.

John masiak writes:

No no no give me a break this is just an expensive solution for a non existent problem!

Aaron Bosse writes:

I vote no

Zane Oliver writes:

Vote NO

Berkley cash writes:

I vote NO

Graham Broadwell writes:

No already have 2 cull rings now

Sabrina Gordon writes:

I vote no on this bill!!!

Shayne Zasimowich writes:

I say no

Mark glascock writes:

More government, no practical application. Poorly thought through!

DJ Warwick writes:

I vote no

Tiffany Hennage writes:

I vote No.

Eric Woolard writes:

No

John Paul newsome writes:

I vote no

Collin Harding writes:

No

Luke Light writes:

I vote NO

Katie Johnson writes:

I vote NO

Savannah Seager writes:

I vote no.

Meredith Trible writes:

I vote no!

Zachary Doss writes:

NO!

Thomas Lewis writes:

No!

Lisa Rose writes:

Senator Mason shows a severe lack of responsibility to his colleagues and his voters. This Bill 552 was a “rush” job. Knowing it’s a failed design, the patent owner and this Senator should apologize to everyone for wasting time on this nonsense. My vote is ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Elizabeth marks writes:

I vote No!

Robert Holloway writes:

I vote no

Harold Deibler Jr writes:

I vote No.
This fisheries is already over regulated, costing far more to harvest the crabs than it should.

Ronnie Hale writes:

I vote NO

Cliff writes:

That’s gonna be a big ol no from me!

James Wilson writes:

Absolutely no on this one.

Nick writes:

No

STANLEY BONNIVILLE JR writes:

IT IS HARD ENOUGH ON US WATER MEN AS IT IS. WE ALREADY HAVE TO MANY UNNECESSARY RESTRICTION'S ON US NOW. OUR RIVER'S ARE LIKE OUR GARDEN'S IF WE DON'T WORK THEM THEY WILL DIE.OUR RIVER'S HAS NEVER BEEN IN THE SHAPE THEY ARE IN UNTIL ALL THESE RESTRICTION'S CAME ON US.LIKE US NOT BEING ABLE TO WORK THIS PART OF THE RIVER OR THAT PART.ANOTHER BURDEN ON US IS THE $190.00 DOLLAR CARD WE HAVE TO BUY TO BE ABLE TO BUY THE LICENSE WE NEED FOR EACH THING WE ARE GOING TO WORK,THEN HAVE TO PAY FOR EACH LICENSE. IF YOU ALL ARE GOING TO CHARGE US $190.00 FOR A CARD THEN THAT SHOULD PAY FOR ALL THE LICENSE WE NEED. OR WE SHOULD ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR EACH LICENSE WE NEED.LIKE THE OYSTER LICENSE WE HAVE TO BUY A $300.00 DOLLAR CARD,THEN HAVE TO PAY FOR THE OYSTER LICENSE.THIS IS NOT FAIR WE NEED TO MAKE A LIVING ALSO. WE HAVE TO BUY CRAB POT'S, PEELER POT'S, ROPE, BOUY'S,IRON, PAINT FOR BOUY'S FOR THOSE POT'S.PAINT FOR BOAT,NETTING ,CORK'S,PAINT AND ROPE FOR THE GILL NET'S AND BOUY'S.THEN WE HAVE TO BUY CRAB POT BAIT. OIL SKIN SET'S, BOOT'S. GAS FOR THE BOAT.ASK YOUR SELF IF ALL THIS WAS PUT ON YOU WHAT WOULD YOU THINK.

Michael Grwene writes:

No to this bill

Sarah Cole writes:

NO

Luke Masiak writes:

No. The ghost pot data is incorrect. Now that all ghost pots have been removed, the impact of ghost pots should be revisited. Not fair to use data from years of ghost pots piling up.

Eddie coates writes:

I vote no

Jason Mozingo writes:

I vote no.

Robert Brown writes:

Please vote NO.

Teresa Balderson writes:

I vote No!! Pull this bill!!

Scott Griffith writes:

please vote no to another attempt to increase the expense of the working waterman trying to make a living. purchasing and maintaining gear that only has a limited lifespan is already too high of an expense without adding unproven equipment at an additional mandated expense!

Jodi Valcourt writes:

I vote NO!