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April 2014

Leaders Map Out Course For Recreational Fishing in the U.S. on Capitol Hill

In a series of recent meetings on Capitol Hill, the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management co-chairs, Johnny Morris, founder and CEO, Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president, Maverick Boats, briefed members of Congress and media on the commission’s recommended changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The commission, composed of anglers, scientists, former agency administrators, conservationists, industry representatives and economists, wants to ensure that saltwater recreational fishing becomes a priority of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Click Here.

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The President of Palau Announces a Ban on Commercial Fishing

The president of the Republic of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., recently announced to the United Nation’s his intention to become the first country to close its entire Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to commercial fishing. Instead of selling their fishing rights for exploitation by foreign nations as done in the past, the 230,000 square miles of water would be managed to encourage marine recreational activities with the focus on increasing diving and sportfishing tourism. Read More

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TBF Receives a Large Donation From Young Supporters

Three of our youngest members from Massachusetts, the Buddenhagen boys, stopped by the office recently to present a donation to The Billfish Foundation (TBF). Miles and Colby, both five years old and their nine year old brother Evan spoke to the public about billfish conservation at a school event and raised $1000! We always appreciate the help of our members donating, but their donation was surprising considering how young they are and how much they raised in a short time Read More

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NOAA to Develop National Policy on Recreational Fishing

During the recent Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit, Eileen Sobeck, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries, made an exceptional move by committing to develop a national recreational fishing policy by stating “I commit that NOAA Fisheries will actively engage the recreational fishing community, and we will do our part to find cooperative solutions.”.  This instrumental step for recreational saltwater fishing industry will attempt to resolve many of the fisheries issues facing the sportfishing community by increasing the collaboration between fisheries managers, scientists, and members of the recreational fishing community.  Read More

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