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NMFS Grants Longline Permit in Florida's East Coast Closed Zone
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced last week its approval of an Exempted Fishing Permit that allows longline boats to fish in Florida’s east coast closed zone. The move is a slap in the face to all of those connected to recreational fishing in Florida and could have a negative impact on the state’s marine tourism. Submit comments to your elected officials. Read more here.
Yearly Atlantic Billfish
Landings Remain Far Below 2017 Allocation
Preliminary numbers for 2017 recreational landings of billfish in the Atlantic were recently released by NOAA and show a large portion of remaining quota. TBF applauds anglers for supporting the philosophy of catch and release fishing. Read more here
Pacfic Bluefin Tuna Denied As Endangered Listing
A petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna as endangered was denied this month by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The national listing likely would not have been effective, and TBF is glad to see that this game fish remains accessible to anglers. Read more here.
Draft Management Plans For Australia Allows For Recreational Fishing
Australia’s government released five Draft Management Plans for the Marine Parks within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. The accompanying announcement included recognition of the iconic black marlin’s annual aggregations near Osprey Reef and a statement that 97% of the waters will be open to recreational fishing. Read more here.
Panama - Is there a Future for Sportfishing?
The Coiba Special Zone of Marine Management in Panama has been gaining attention thanks to an environmental organization’s interest in protecting the resources there, which to them means “no fishing.” There is currently concern for the sport fishing tourism industry here. Read more here.