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NOTICE! Bluefin Tuna Angling Allocation
Anglers who are lucky enough to come across any bluefin tuna should make sure they know the new regulations this season. The passage of Amendment 7 brings new regulations for HMS Charter/Headboat and HMS Angling permit holders including the possibility for crews in the Gulf of Mexico to retain one trophy sized (>73″) per vessel per year. By allocating a portion of the trophy subquota to the Gulf of Mexico region, any boats holding a valid HMS Charter/Headboat or HMS Angling permit may retain one trophy sized bluefin per vessel per year that are incidentally caught (recreational boats cannot target bluefin in the Gulf of Mexico).
These regulations take effect May 15, 2015 and the Gulf of Mexico trophy category will remain open until the quota (roughly 8-9 fish) is filled. Anglers should be mindful to keep updated for announcements of when the trophy category closes for each region.
TBF's 2015 Tag & Release Competition Update Now Available!
We are already half way through the competition that determines who will be the winners at TBF’s annual Tag and Release Award Ceremony in February 2016. TBF has highlighted the “Top Five” in most of the competition categories. This list constitutes the tag and release records processed by TBF as of May 1, 2015.
Do you know anyone on the list? Are you in the top five and want to be recognized by the who’s who in the billfishing community at our ceremony? Be sure to tag, release, and report your billfish catches before the end of the competition on October 31, 2015. Remember you can submit your records online now at www.tagbillfish.org or you can submit them through the mail.
Check out the List Here!
Understanding Maximum Size in the Catch: Atlantic Blue Marlin as an Example
The most recent Atlantic blue marlin research completed by TBF’s Dr. Phillip Goodyear was published by the American Fisheries Society. Goodyear’s research focused on the effect of fishing on the number of the largest fish in a population using Atlantic blue marlin as an example. Typically, fishing reduces the number of fish that survive to old age which also reduces the average age of fish available to be caught. In most species this also significantly reduces the mean size of the catch which is an important indicator of stock health.
Offshore World Championship Partners With TBF
The Offshore World Championship (OWC) and TBF announced a partnership to advance billfish science last month. The project, including Marina Pez Vela, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), the Presidential Challenge of Central America, Costa Sunglasses, King Sailfish Mounts and the Bonnier Corporation called upon tournament anglers and crews during this year’s event to collect the valuable data. With the incredible volume of sailfish found off Quepos, Costa Rica during the past few seasons, coupled with many of the world’s best offshore anglers fishing the OWC, the opportunity to tag billfish & collect data needed for improved conservation, was a natural fit for all partners.
Sailfish Hot Off The Press
Sailfish 15 is ready just in time for summer and being shipped out to youth members, anglers and students world-wide! This issue honors youth members who particpated in the TBF Tag & Release Competition and demonstrated a passion for sportfishing and a commitment towards billfish conservation. Also enclosed in this edition is info on billfish bill morphology, the fastest swimmers in the ocean, and some great ideas for World Oceans Day on June 8th!. Contact the TBF office to request copies and look for more Junior Conservation Angler Spotlights in upcoming issues!
TBF's online database: Did you know in the past 365 days, TBF recorded close to 5,000 tag records globally? Check out more statistics on tagbillfish.org!