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June 2013


TBF Welcomes Pelagic Gear as an Official Tag & Release Sponsor  

The Billfish Foundation is excited to announce that Pelagic has become an Official Sponsor of TBF's Tag and Release Program! On May 5, 2013, Pelagic presented a $10,000 check to TBF at the Pelagic store in Destin, Florida. As part of Pelagic's Ocean Conservancy Project and their commitment to conservation, Pelagic donates a portion of their sales to TBF's conservation work. By coming an Official Tag and Release Sponsor, Pelagic's logo will now be present on tag and release notification cards as well as TBF's Release Certificates.  In addition to this exciting news TBF and Pelagic will be releasing a full line of Pelagic Gear in 2013. TBF greatly supports Pelagic's commitment to conservation.  Read More

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Billfish Conservation Act Update and Implementation Challenges

Pisces - Marlin at the MarketSigned into law on October 5, 2012, the Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) still needs some final touches before becoming effective in prohibiting the importation or possession for the purpose of sale of billfish in the United States. While the Billfish Conservation Act is a good move forward for billfish conservation, two exemptions placed in the law would allow domestic vessels in Hawaii and the Pacific Insular Area to harvest and sell billfish as well as allow foreign vessels to land billfish in Pacific Insular Areas for exports of billfish outside of the United States. As a result, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently looking at and accepting comments on the scope of the exemptions in the Billfish Conservation Act and the possible regulations, if any, that can be used to restrict the trade or sale of billfish landed by U.S. boats in Hawaii. TBF Is currently working on developing comments for NMFS regarding the implementation of the Billfish Conservation Act and the regulatory options surrounding the exemptions. Read More

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Support Building on Opposition of Australia's Marine Protected Areas

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A recent publication in the Open Journal of Marine Science has echoed many of the points made by TBF and that the closure of vast marine zones is not sound management or necessary for Australia to protect its marine resources. Professor Robert Kearney highlights the “misguided” push by environmental NGOs that have misled the public and the failure of the Australian government to address the real threats to its marine environment. For Australia, a country that has consistently demonstrated sustainable management of its marine resources, additional marine reserves that will hurt important industries like sportfishing are not needed. Read More

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Miami Marlins Host Education Day at Marlins Park

Billfish Foundation Education Day at Marlins ParkWhat could be better than getting out of the classroom, going to a ballpark to learn about billfish and the weather, and then watching a baseball game? Approximately 10,000 students from all over South Florida did just that on May 1 at Marlins Park during CBS4 8th annual Weather day. Local CBS4 meteorologists and NOAA hurricane experts spoke to the kids about common weather anomalies and weather safety.  The Billfish Foundation in collaboration with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, on the other hand, presented on billfish growth and conservation. Read More

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TBF's Ellen Peel Discusses Sportfishing Tourism with Officials in Grenada

TBF President Ellen Peel recently gave a presentation at Grenada’s Business Summit about the economic positives that can be generated for a nation from sportfishing eco-tourism.  She made clear the positive economic returns are based on the abundance of billfish in the water and the required balance for fishery management between conservation of the species and a nation’s commercial fishing interests.   The nation’s tourism and business leaders were very impressed and are willing to work with fisheries to put some regulations in place and to help find a balance all users can accept. 

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New Zealand Upholds Ban on Commercial Billfish Harvests

Recognizing the importance of billfish and the economic benefits generated by sportfishing, New Zealand recently voted to continue to prohibit the commercial harvest of billfish in their waters. Originally banning the commercial harvest and sale of billfish in 1987, sportfishing for billfish has boomed by generating more than $NZ 90 million annually and claiming more world records for striped marlin than anywhere else in the world. This decision marks a victory for billfish conservation in the south Pacific and will keep an estimated 25 metric tons of billfish from entering the market each year. Efforts to further protect billfish are being taken by New Zealand sportfishing groups to prohibit the importation of billfish into New Zealand completely. Read More

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