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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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Tag & Release Competition UPDATE!

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July 6th, 2017

 We may still be highlighting last year’s award winners, but the Tag & Release Competition update as it stands. Don’t forget, these positions will be shifting constantly until the final deadline, October 31, especially now that the kiddos are out …

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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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