TBF Submits Comments for Billfish Conservation Act Implementation and Enforcement.
On July 3,The Billfish Foundation submitted their official comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as part of the scoping process for the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012. Signed into law on October 5, 2012, NMFS is seeking public comment on the potential scope of any future regulations to implement the BCA.
Two exemptions placed in the legislation would allow Pacific billfish caught by domestic vessels and landed Hawaii and the Pacific Insular Areas to be excluded from the general prohibition within the legislation. The legislation also allows foreign vessels to land billfish in Pacific Insular Areas for exports outside of the United States.The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently 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 submitted their official comments on July 3, 2013 and can be read by clicking here. You can send your own comments to the NMFS through TBF's Advocacy Center. Act Now!
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TBF Releases Study Estimating Sportfishing Generates $97 Million Annually
The Billfish Foundation (TBF) recently released the report “Sportfishing in Panama: A Natural Economic Gold Mine” revealing that sportfishing has been a major factor in attracting tourists to Panama providing a valuable fishing-based economic lift to the country. In 2011 (most recent data), 86,250 visitors fished in Panama. Those anglers and the rest of their travel companions spent $97 million on charter boats, fuel, food, lodging, and other related expenses. The number of anglers visiting Panama has doubled from 2001 to 2011 and the surge could only be the beginning, provided that fishing remains great and consumers are made aware of it. For every U.S. angler that has visited the country, eight more are interested in Panama as a fishing destination. If each interested angler was enticed into visiting, it could translate into an additional $776 million for the Panamanian economy. Read More
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New Federal Policy Enhances 'Rigs to Reef' Program in Gulf of Mexico
On June 26, 2013 the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) revised their policy for evaluating proposals to convert obsolete, offshore oil and gas production platforms into artificial reefs rather than require companies to remove them in accordance with the ‘Idle Iron’ regulations. The new policy will allow companies to make their rigs part of a state's artificial reef program as well as make the 'Rigs to Reef' program more incentivizing for companies by lessening restrictions and time-constraints. Read More
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Science Behind Sportfishing - TBF and Youth Anglers Build Rods
The Billfish Foundation's new (TBF) educational program "The Science Behind Sportfishing" (with assistance from the LMR Tackle and Fish Florida Grant), allows young people to discover how school subjects like science and math are applied in the creation of some of the most popular fishing products. It also allows the kids to see that the recreational fishing community is not only limited to people fishing on the water but also those businesses who are dependent on a healthy fishery and healthy recreational industry. Read More
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