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Come See TBF at Miami Boat Show This Week!
Check out TBF’s new location at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show! TBF will also have a display at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Check out the latest billfish recaptures, stock up on TBF apparel, and be sure to join or renew your membership as TBF will be giving out cool gear from our sponsors Pelagic and Costa! Also taking place during the show is TBF/SeaKeepers members-only event on the docks (Thurs. 2/12, 6-8pm) and TBF's Annual Tag & Release Ceremony at Jungle Island (Fri. 2/13, 6:30pm).
Extremism in Fisheries Must be Countered - COSTA RICA
Just when you thought you heard every crazy idea, here comes another one! In Costa Rica, the nation to which 283,790 Americans traveled in 2008 to sportfish, which generated $599 million, or about 2% of the country’s GDP, $78 million in tax revenue and 63,000 jobs, it appears some are pushing for extreme, anti-sportfishing suggestions. Environmentalists and others who claim to represent recreational fishing are suggesting strategies that will strangle Costa Rica’s sportfishing ecotourism industry, even though tourism is the nation’s top industry!
Australian Marine Reserves: Take Two
The Australian government is finally making due on their promise to reevaluate the proposed management plans for the country’s network of Commonwealth Marine Reserves. The initial management plans, released in 2012, would have encompassed 2.3 million square kilometers of ocean including a completely no-take zone covering more than 500,000 square kilometers of the Coral Sea. However, with new leadership in power, independent review of the management plans and consultation is taking place to help restore the confidence of stakeholders with special attention to recreational fishermen. This means listening to the voices of the estimated 5 million recreational anglers across Australia.
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Uncovering the Population Structure of Black Marlin
Understanding fish movements and reproduction is highly important for sustainable fisheries management, including for black marlin. Since 2013, Samuel Williams a research student from the University of Queensland has worked alongside Dr. Julian Pepperell, a TBF 2014 Rybovich Lifetime Conservation award recipient, and Australia’s game fishing community to help resolve the population structure of black marlin through genetic techniques.
Williams credits the assistance of the game fishing community in helping with the research, which is said to be ground breaking. Rather than confirming what was thought to be a single breeding population throughout the Indo-Pacific, centered on the Great Barrier Reef spawning ground, the research identified three separate populations of black marlin in the central indo-pacific.
Rigging Kite Baits
There are two approaches to rigging kite baits that both have their positives and negatives making the choice ultimately up to each boat.
The “traditional” or “back rig” way to rig a kite bait was with a rubber band through the back or “shoulder” of the bait holding the hook in an upright position on the back of the bait. This type of rigging minimizes the chances of the hook doubling back into the bait and optimizes the exposure of the hook while feeding the fish. This style of rigging also makes if easier for the angler to keep the bait in the water during windy conditions.
2015 Billfish Issue One Now Available
Hot off the press and en route to the mailboxes of TBF members and sponsors, the February edition of Billfish sports the beautiful "Global Marlin" print by TBF Artist of the Year, Amber Moran, on the cover. This issue also includes a new featured maritime law column, supplied by Cox Maritime Law, an overview of the Cuban Evolution, the Offshore Fishing League and some important updates in Advocacy. Make sure your membership is up to date so that you can receive this great publication in the mail or a digital version in your inbox very soon.
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