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Sailfish, Ceviche, and Tag Cards At Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala

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November 17th, 2017

It was during the slow, hot days of a south Florida summer that The Billfish Foundation and Waterlust hatched a plan to boost each of their marine conservation efforts. The two groups have worked together in the past, creating a …

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Atlantic Billfish & Swordfish 2017 Landings Update

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November 14th, 2017

NOAA Fisheries recently released an updated estimate of recreational billfish landings in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as commercial and recreational landings of swordfish, thus far in 2017. From January 1 through September 30, 2017, NMFS reports landings of Atlantic …

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FAD Project Takes Next Step At GCFI Conference

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November 13th, 2017

Team members from The Billfish Foundation joined in the Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute conference held in Merida, Mexico last week. It was the 70th anniversary of the conference, where scientists, managers, and fishers all come together to share information, …

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Results From ‘Grander’ Marlin Sample Available Years ...

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November 10th, 2017

We now know a little bit more about the massive marlin that was caught off Hawaii nearly a decade ago. On September 1, 2009, three anglers landed a blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) 21 miles south of Honolulu: the fish measured …

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TBF Calls For Collective Management of FAD Fisheries

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October 17th, 2017

Humans have known for centuries that fish are attracted to floating objects. Fishermen have taken advantage of this behavior by fishing around palm fronds, seaweed patches, and any debris that may be found in the open ocean. Theories for the …

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Florida’s Saltwater Industry Back In Business After Irma

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October 6th, 2017

Following the wrath of Hurricane Irma came the destruction: downed trees, debris thrown across roadways, docks uplifted from their posts, boats sunken or tossed on land, and in some cases complete flattening of structures. The entire state of Florida felt …

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Fishery Open 4 Days Before Another ...

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October 5th, 2017

The Atlantic bluefin tuna General category fishery for large-medium and giant bluefin tuna closes Thursday October 5, 2017 for roughly two months. This comes just four days after the October 1 reopening of a previous closure instituted on September 17. …

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Tunas & Floating Objects Dominate Conversation At ICCAT

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October 2nd, 2017

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (and other highly migratory species, HMS) convened mid-September in Madrid, Spain specifically to discuss management of tropical tunas followed by the topic of fish aggregation devices (FADs). The first gathering regarding …

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