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November/December 2013

Comment Now on Draft Amendment 7 for Bluefin Tuna!

Bluefin Tuna

The Billfish Foundation would like to inform anglers, captains, and interested individuals that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has extended the comment period for Draft Amendment 7 for bluefin tuna management until January 10th. TBF explains the proposed alternatives within Draft Amendment 7 here. These proposed alternatives could significantly impact U.S. anglers and include opening current closed zones in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida East Coast to longline vessels. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is also considering the establishment of additional gear restricted areas in the Gulf of Mexico and off of Cape Hatteras, NC as well as TBF's recommendation of allocating a separate sub-quota of trophy bluefin tuna (greater than 73") for anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. For more details on Amendment 7 and to view TBF's handout that can be used at public hearings, please Comment Now!

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TBF Attends Town Hall Meeting in Bermuda and Meets with Officials

Keep Bermuda Fishing

In late October, TBF's Andrew Cox attended the town hall meeting in Bermuda where the future of Bermuda's EEZ was discussed. With many environmental groups pushing for a no-take marine reserve, there was substantial push back from members of the recreational fishing community and other groups who do not want to be limited to potential economic developments in the offshore waters around Bermuda. Following the meeting, TBF met with the officials of the Sustainable Development Department and discussed the rich history and socio-economic importance of sportfishing in Bermuda.   Read More

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TBF Celebrated a Night for Billfish Conservation at
Le Cirque, A Night at the Big Top!

LeCirque 2013 TBFIf you missed The Billfish Foundation's LeCirque, A Night Under the Big Top this year, you certainly heard about the great time that was had. Take a peak at some photos from this great event that benefits The Billfish Foundation and the work done around the world. Special thanks to all of the sponsors who made the night such a great success!  Click Here!

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TBF Talks Billfish Conservation and Advocacy in Classroom

Juvenile Blue Marlin

In October, the students in South Broward High School's Marine Policy class participated in their annual mock debates about billfish policy as they worked together to create a management plan for billfish in the United States. TBF’s Andrew Cox attended the final day of debates where the students finalized their positions and came to a conclusion for a new management plan. Students were given insight and feedback on their proposed management plan and how many of the items suggested were things that TBF is currently working on such as increased gear restricted areas and catch caps on billfish. TBF is looking forward to next year’s billfish debate! Read More

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Recap From The 66th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

GCFI 66th AnnualEach year at the annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) conference scientist from all over the Caribbean meet to discuss important new subjects in the fields of fisheries and marine science. This past November, TBF staff Michael Kelly and intern Kristina Trotta attended the 66th Annual GCFI conference where they shared their work on sportfishing in Colombia and the wider Caribbean region. Kelly and Trotta’s research is intended to highlight the great potential for Caribbean nations to promote sportfishing and capture the many benefits that it can bring to the region. Read More

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TBF is Saddened by the Loss of Chief Scientist, Russell Nelson

Russell Nelson

Russell Nelson, The Billfish Foundation’s Chief Scientist and a former leader of the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission unexpectantly passed away in early October . His unexpected death is a loss to those who knew him and to the fisheries he helped over a long career. When it came to ensuring healthy fish populations, Russell Nelson was the perfect combination of scientist and reason.Read More

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