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The Billfish Foundation Announces 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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June 20th, 2017

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA – June 20, 2017 – Today, The Billfish Foundation (TBF), the world’s leading sportfishing conservation organization for marlin, sailfish, spearfish and associated highly migratory fish, announces this year’s winners of its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards and …

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What Is the Port State Measures Agreement and Why Does It Matter?

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June 13th, 2017

Seafood is big business. Not only is it an industry that exchanges billions of dollars in trade globally, but the sector also trades an abundance of resources that contribute to food security and livelihoods across the world. When there’s money …

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Bluefin Tuna Harvest Quota Closes For the Year In Gulf of Mexico

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June 6th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries serviced announced that the recreational bluefin tuna harvest in the Gulf of Mexico has reached its quota and will close June 7, 2017 until the end of the year (December 31, 2017). This sub-quota for the region is …

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Gulf of Mexico Quota Adjusted After Bluefin Tuna Landing 

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May 25th, 2017

The quota for bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico has been updated after a large individual was landed in a fishing tournament last week. Katie Gonsoulin pulled in a 502.4-pound bluefin tuna while fishing on Done Deal at the Orange Beach …

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Advancement of Billfish Conservation Act – A Partial Step Forward

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May 24th, 2017

  On May 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation advanced Section 396, an amendment to the 2012 Billfish Conservation Act. The bill, initially introduced in February by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe …

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Japan Signs Port State Measures Agreement In Fight Against IUU Fishing

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May 23rd, 2017

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced Monday that Japan has joined 57 other States in signing on to the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA). Entered into force in June of last year, the Agreement is an international …

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Closure Attempts in Prime Panamanian Sportfishing Areas

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May 11th, 2017

The Fishery Commission in Panama is striving to close waters around Montuosa Island and the Hannibal Bank to recreational fishing even though those areas include some of the most productive sportfishing in Panama. Local sources informed TBF staff that the …

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TBF Adding Two New Lifetime Achievement Awards

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May 11th, 2017

Two new lifetime achievement awards have been added to TBF’s annual recognition of excellence in advancing billfish conservation. The first new award is the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Individual Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the late Winthrop Rockefeller, the founder …

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Call to Action on Forage Fish!

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May 10th, 2017

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has begun a Scoping Process to consider allowing giant trawlers to increase their excessive landings of forage species off the Mid-Atlantic region, specifically chub (Tinker) mackerel.   Knowing how important that species and the other forage …

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Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Adjustment

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April 28th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has adjusted the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limits that apply to vessels permitted in the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category (when fishing recreationally for BFT) effective …

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