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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Southern Trophy Category Closed June 7th
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery for large medium and giant “trophy” BFT (measuring 73″ or greater) in the southern area effective 11:30 p.m. local time, Sunday, June 7, 2015, through December 31, 2015. The southern area is the area south of 39°18’N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ), outside the Gulf of Mexico.
TBF Announces the 2015 Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award Winners
The Billfish Foundation announced the winners of its prestigious Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award - Captain Randolph “Bouncer” Smith of Miami, Florida and recently retired financial advisor John Jolley of Boynton Beach, Florida. The Award is named in honor of the late John Rybovich, a pioneer in billfish conservation and sportfishing vessel design. The presentations will be made during TBF’s annual gala, held this year on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Harbor Beach Marriott resort on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Florida.
Public Locked Out of Biscayne National Park
The National Park Service announced its final General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Despite commitments made by Biscayne National Park officials to work with stakeholders and the state of Florida to explore less restrictive options, the GMP includes a marine reserve, eliminating fishing and severely restricting boating in over 10,000 acres of the park’s most popular and productive marine waters.
Vertical and Horizontal Habitat Utilization by White Marlin
From 2007-2012, forty pop-up satellite archival tags were deployed on white marlin off the coasts of Maryland and North Carolina, and the island nation of Aruba. Seasonal southerly fall migration routes were documented for fish released off the northeastern United States, while those released off Aruba remained in the Caribbean basin. Analyses included an evaluation of vertical movements, where the greatest proportion of time was spent in the upper 20 meters of the water column for both day (50.8%) and night (81.6%). Overall, these fish showed less variability in vertical movement, and less tolerance to colder temperatures compared with similar studies for blue marlin and sailfish. The large spatial dispersion and disparate tracks illustrated in the study serve to underscore the complexity of white marlin behavior and habitat use, and further emphasize the many challenges facing the management and conservation of this over-exploited species. All published works are now available on TBF's website.
TBF Visits Cutler Bay Academy With Carey Chen
The Billfish Foundation & marine artist Carey Chen spoke with the students of Cutler Bay Academy on May 19, 2015. Carey shared how he learned to integrate his artistic talent to advocate for the conservation of billfish allowed the students to see that there are many ways to make a difference for conservation. Alongside Carey’s stories, The Billfish Foundation explained how billfish conservation is vital for the health of the ocean and for economies that rely on recreational sport fishing as a way of securing a higher quality of life.
TBF's online database: Did you know since 1990, TBF recorded over 220,000 tag and release records globally? Check out more statistics on tagbillfish.org!