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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fishery Closes For September

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September 18th, 2017

The Atlantic bluefin tuna General category fishery for large-medium and giant bluefin tuna (73 in. curved fork length or larger) closes September 17, 2017 for the remainder of the month. The National Marine Fisheries Service instituted the closure, effective 11:30 …

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Sailfish Brewery Welcomes TBF At Tag & Release Festival

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September 5th, 2017

Members of The Billfish Foundation team spent a full Saturday at the Sailfish Brewing Co. in Fort Pierce, Florida for Labor Day weekend activities. The brewery hosted a Tag & Release Festival to announce the new can for its Tag …

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University Reputation at Stake With Swordfish Project in Closed Zone

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September 1st, 2017

TBF takes aim at longline research in Florida’s closed zone by targeting NOVA Southeastern University, where the permitted scientist works. NOVA’s reputation for community relations and science could be harmed by research project! See the letter TBF sent to the university President below. Support …

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NMFS Introduces Online Reporting System For Fishing Tournaments

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August 31st, 2017

An online reporting system will now be available for highly migratory species (HMS) fishing tournaments in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced this week. HMS tournament operators are required to register with NMFS whether targeting sharks, tunas, …

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InTheBite Magazine Presents Captain of the Year Award

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August 29th, 2017

One of the last billfishing competitions of the summer, the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament concluded this past weekend in Virginia Beach, VA. The tournament hosted 75 teams this year for three days of fishing. First place went to Capt. Fin …

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Winner of Florida West Coast Bluewater Series Tags Every Billfish

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August 22nd, 2017

The 46th Annual Old Salt Loop Billfish Tournament concluded in Clearwater, Florida this past weekend, wrapping up the Florida West Coast Bluewater Series (FWCBS) as it was the third and final leg of the series. First Place Overall Series Winners …

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Rubio & Nelson Introduce Florida Fisheries Improvement Act

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August 15th, 2017

Earlier this month U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced legislation designed to enhance and protect Florida’s fishery resources and those who rely on them. The Florida Fisheries Improvement Act comes with a number of changes to …

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Submit Comments on Allowing Longlines in Closed Zones to Florida Elected Officials!

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August 11th, 2017

  Click here to submit comments to FL Senators Rubio and Nelson. Click here to submit comments to your US & FL House representatives and FL State Senators. Click here to submit comments to FL Governor Scott. The Office of …

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Hypocrisy – Florida’s $7.6 Billion Dollar Recreational Fishing Industry Slapped by Federal Agency

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August 10th, 2017

After the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced today its approval of the Exempted Fishing Permit that allows longline boats to fish in Florida’s east coast closed zone, Ellen Peel, President of The Billfish Foundation (TBF) said, “Florida anglers, all anglers …

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2017 Atlantic Billfish Landings Remain Far Below Allocation

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August 9th, 2017

On Tuesday NOAA released preliminary numbers for Atlantic billfish landings in 2017. The estimates show individuals caught (and reported) thus far in 2017, from January 1st through June 30th, for blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish. As …

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