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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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ATLANTIC BLUEFIN TUNA TROPHY ANGLING CATEGORY SOUTH AREA Closing March 20, 2017

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March 16th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will close the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery for large medium and giant “trophy” BFT (measuring 73” or greater) in the southern area effective 11:30 p.m. local time, Monday, March 20, 2017, …

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TBF’s 2017 Artist of the Year – Dennis Friel

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March 14th, 2017

TBF proudly announces the selection of South Florida native Dennis Friel as its 2017 Artist of the Year. Dennis fondly recalls “as a kid growing up in South Florida fishing, surfing and diving the waters from Palm Beach to the …

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AMENDMENT 5b – Dusky Shark Protections – UPDATE

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March 7th, 2017

NMFS released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan in mid- February, 2017.  A new Preferred Alternative (A6d) “requires the use of non-stainless steel circle hooks by all HMS …

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DEBATE on BILLFISH CONSERVATION ACT

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March 6th, 2017

The 2012 Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) has yet to be implemented and again is under Congressional review to attempt to resolve debated language so no Pacific billfish can be imported into the continental U.S.  The BCA  language in question follows. …

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UPDATE on LONGLINES in FLORIDA’s EAST COAST CLOSED ZONE

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March 6th, 2017

The NMFS has extended the deadline to March 29, 2017 for accepting public comments on the application for an Exempted Fishing Permit.  If approved, six pelagic longline vessels will fish for three years in Florida’s East Coast Closed Zone. Email …

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CALL TO ACTION!

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February 8th, 2017

No Longlines in Closed Zone…destroying a conservation success makes no sense. UPDATE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission also opposes this, read their official comments below.  Recently, the NMFS received an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application from Dr. David Kerstetter, …

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