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Our Florida Reefs – Anglers’ Angst

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June 8th, 2016

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The three words “Our Florida Reefs” currently generate more angst with Florida anglers than most any others.  The reason, fear that all fishing in large swaths of state waters that include reef habitat between Stuart and Key Biscayne may be …

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Robust Debate & Marine Closures

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October 5th, 2015

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This past June, Biscayne National Park released its new General Management Plan (GMP) to guide actions over the next 20 years in preserving and protecting the shallow water coral reef ecosystem (only living barrier coral reef system in Continental U.S.),  …

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Discussion Draft of Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Policy

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October 2nd, 2015

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The NMFS recently released its Discussion Draft Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Policy to serve as guiding principles for the agency’s decision making over the long term. NOAA defines EBFM “as a systematic approach to fisheries management in a geographically specified …

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NMFS Meeting Announces Two Major Projects

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October 2nd, 2015

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Michael Kelly, Science & Policy Specialist represented The Billfish Foundation (TBF) on the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel, which discussed current billfish, tuna and shark issues. The two priority issues for sportfishing included: (1) Deepwater …

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ACT NOW: Keep Australia Open for Fishing!

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March 23rd, 2015

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It has been more than four years since Australia began the process of designing and implementing its national system of marine reserves encompassing all of its federal waters. These reserves are threatening to shut out anglers from iconic billfishing grounds …

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NOAA Unveils the First National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy

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March 12th, 2015

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) kept a promise made at the National Recreational Fishing Summit, February 2014, by its leader, Eileen Soebeck, Assistant Administrator in September 2014, when it released the first draft of the policy.   The agency subsequently …

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Australian Marine Reserves: Take Two

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February 6th, 2015

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The Australian government is finally making due on their promise to reevaluate the proposed management plans for the country’s network of Commonwealth Marine Reserves. The initial management plans, released in 2012, would have encompassed 2.3 million square kilometers of ocean …

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Extremism in Fisheries Must be Countered- Costa Rica

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February 3rd, 2015

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Just when you thought you heard every crazy idea, here comes another one! In Costa Rica, the nation to which 283,790 Americans traveled in 2008 to sportfish, which generated $599 million, or about 2% of the country’s GDP, and $78 …

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HMS Amendment 7 – Bluefin Tuna

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November 25th, 2013

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Draft Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for bluefin tuna was released in August of 2013 with possible alternatives for managing domestic bluefin tuna. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must find a balance between …

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Bermuda – Potential Marine Reserve Could Stop Fishing in The Blue Marlin Capital

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October 24th, 2013

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The Billfish Foundation (TBF) wants to make sure anglers in Bermuda are aware of recent developments calling for a no-take marine reserve in Bermudian waters. Organizations such as the PEW Environmental Group are currently working toward the establishment of a …

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