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In The Spread - The TBF eNewsletter

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TBF Adds Two New Lifetime Achievement Awards

TBF adds the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Individual Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring the organization’s founder, to its annual recognition of excellence. The award honors individuals whose work improved the sportfishing conservation experience; or enhanced the public’s knowledge of the sport, the fish and conservation needs; or advanced educational and participatory opportunities for youth.

The second award is the Paxson H. Offield Lifetime Billfish Science Award, honoring the late Paxson Offield, who was an exemplary supporter of billfish research.  The award honors outstanding billfish scientists. TBF’s existing Rybovich Lifetime Service Award honors individuals whose work or service provided a voice for responsible fishery management, fishing and conservation from an advisory or professional platform or organization.  Read more here.

TBF Establishes a Graduate Level Scholarship

The Billfish Foundation established the Russell S. Nelson Billfish Science Scholarship  as another means to further billfish science into the future. Dr. Nelson served most of his lifetime as a fish scientist including 12 years with TBF following 13 years as Director of Florida’s Marine Fisheries Commission.  Scholarship application procedures will be issued late in 2017 with the first award scheduled in mid-2018.  Application and eligibility procedures will be posted later this year. 

Action Alert - Billfish & Tuna Comments Needed NOW

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is accepting comments through the end of May 2017 as they begin a new amendment to addressing chub (Tinker) mackerel. Some of the giant ocean trawlers that target forage species have requested an increase in their tonnage allocation including chub. The trawlers can catch 500,000 pounds of the forage species in a single trip. TBF has submitted comments which you can view on our website and has a similar sample letter for reference when writing your comments and sending them to the Council at jbeaty@mafmc.org

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Adjustments and Notices

The daily retention limits increased for vessels permitted in the recreational HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category while fishing recreationally, except in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more here

Gulf of Mexico – Only one INCIDENTIALLY caught trophy large medium or giant per vessel remains open; but bluefin measuring 27 to less than 73 “ is NOT OPEN in the GULF of MEXICO. Read more here.

2017 HMS Atlantic Vessel Permits Available 

The NMFS now has its 2017 HMS vessel permits ready to be sold.  Remember DO NOT check the Shark Endorsement block unless you desire to fish and land sharks or you want to fish with non-offset circle hooks all the time – in tournaments  and outside of tournaments. Read more here.

Attempts to Close Prime Sportfishing Areas in Panama

The Fishery Commission in Panama is striving to close waters around Montuosa Island and the Hannibal Bank to recreational fishing even though those areas include some of the most productive sportfishing in Panama. Local sources informed TBF staff that the movement appears to be targeting the actions of the former President, who supported recreational fishing, especially the sportfishing eco-tourism trade. Read more here.

Tag and Release Online Database: Did You Know?

Even if you submit your cards to us (online or via mail), be sure to keep a copy of them for your records as well, just in case we need to verify something. Don't forget to check out the new website and let us know if you come across any bugs. Email your comments to:tag@billfish.org

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