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Introduced to Amend Lacey
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HR 3041, Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act, Introduced to Amend Lacey

HR 3041, Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act,
Introduced to Amend Lacey

Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01), along with Representatives Bruce Westerman (AR-04), Ralph Abraham (LA-05), and Robert Aderholt (AL-04), have introduced H.R. 3041, the Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act, to protect fish farmers from unreasonable fines and criminal prosecution after they commit minor or accidental Lacey Act infractions.

Specifically, the bill amends the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to provide a 
de minimus exemption for commercial shipments of fish unless the inclusion of a state regulated species or injurious or endangered species is done so knowingly or intentionally.

Passed in the year 1900, the Lacey Act is a well-intentioned law, but it is in great need of modernizing to accommodate 21
st century agriculture. Today, the Lacey Act regulates the import of any species protected by international or domestic law and prevents the spread of invasive, or non-native, species.

When amendments were added to the Lacey Act in 1969, the bill then allowed for accidental violations to be prosecuted as a felony. Producers, even after taking every precautionary step, were being charged with violating the Lacey Act and given six-digit fines or jail time. This drove producers from the market and also punished many within the industry.

When the Lacey Act was written, it was designed to regulate only "wild animals." The aquaculture industry itself was also practically non-existent. 1981 amendments to the Lacey Act included a provision that broadened its application to all "wild" animals, including those having been "bred, hatched, or born in captivity" (16 USC 3371(a)). That added provision means that domesticated fish are now regulated as if they were taken from the wild.

H.R. 3041 would amend parts of the Lacey Act to reduce producer liability after committing minor infractions without changing the original intent of the underlying law.  For additional information, please visit
https://crawford.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398506.

To support the Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act, locate and contact your Representative by clicking on: 
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

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