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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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Pacific Bluefin Tuna Will Not Be Listed As Endangered

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August 8th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday that they rejected a petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna as an endangered species. A long list of environmental organizations combined efforts to submit a request in June 2016 for the species …

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A Fishing Mess in Panama

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August 5th, 2017

When a Sea Shepherd boat cruised into Panama’s waters of the Coiba Special Zone of Marine Protection more than what meets the eye was at play. The U.S. environmental organization’s interest in the marine zone stems from their desire, like …

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Which Way Will New Head of NMFS Sway On Longline Closed Zone?

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July 27th, 2017

Appointed in June with support from over 55 commercial fishing companies and organizations, the new Assistant Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has a number of pressing issues to attend. Chris Oliver, formerly Director of the North Pacific …

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Draft Management Plans for Australia Allows for Recreational Fishing

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July 21st, 2017

Billfishing is Not Prohibited in Australia July 21, 2017 – Today Australia’s government released five Draft Management Plans for the Marine Parks within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. The accompanying announcement included recognition …

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Electronic Monitoring

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July 19th, 2017

The Enormous Possibilities (And Costs) for Electronic Monitoring at Sea As fisheries regulations develop, there is often the need for enforcement of compliance—enforcing gear restrictions, enforcing size limits, enforcing the return of non-target species, and ultimately enforcing the law. Ensuring …

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