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  • IGFA | Pacific Bluefin Stocks in Jeopardy
    Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Pacific Bluefin Stocks in Jeopardy The International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean ISC reports that Pacific bluefin tuna Thunnus orientalis stock abundance is precariously low Pacific bluefin constitute a single Pacific wide stock with spawning occurring only in the western North Pacific Ocean Some proportion of the stock undertakes long migrations from the eastern North Pacific Ocean to Mexico and southern California where they may reside for several years before migrating west again to spawn Spawning takes place around age three and Pacific bluefin may live as long as 20 years By the early 1950s Pacific bluefin tuna were being targeted intensively by commercial fishers and landings peaked at 40 383 mt in 1956 followed by a low of 8 653 in 1990 This species is harvested primarily with purse seine gear and juveniles have historically composed most 90 of the catch but the catch of age zero fish increased markedly since the early 1990s Put another way much of the fish that are being caught weigh as little as one kilogram and have never had a chance to spawn As a result stock biomass is thought to have declined by over 94 and scientists believe that the spawning stock may be comprised by a single year class that may be reaching the end of their natural life span Scientists are

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/conserve/Pacific-Bluefin-Stocks-in-Jeopardy.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | IGFA Hosts Meeting for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Tournament Directors
    Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Conservation Award IGFA Chester H Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award IGFA International Committee of Representatives Partners Corporate Partners Become a Corporate Partner Career Opportunities Fish World Records World Record Application Angling Rules International Angling Rules Release Rules Catch Certificates Fishing Tips and Tactics IGFA Member Discounts IGFA Rules Questions and Answers SCALES AND CERTIFICATION Slam and Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits IGFA Hosts Meeting for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Tournament Directors On September 25 th IGFA hosted a meeting to discuss reporting requirements for Atlantic tournaments that fish for highly migratory species HMS such as billfish tuna and sharks In attendance were tournament directors from a number of premier fishing tournaments and staff from the HMS branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service and IGFA The objective of the meeting was to establish dialogue between NMFS staff and tournament directors regarding reporting requirements for Atlantic HMS tournaments NMFS staff gave presentations on recreational HMS regulations HMS reporting requirements and the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Policy as well as how to distinguish between white marlin and roundscale spearfish The half day meeting was very productive and allowed for constructive discourse between IGFA NMFS staff and tournament directors Meetings like these where stakeholders and fisheries managers can easily share information facilitate better and more productive management Copies

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/IGFA-Hosts-Meeting-for-Atlantic-Highly-Migratory-Species-Tournament-Directors.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | IGFA Responds to Journal Publication Criticizing World Records
    Committee of Representatives Partners Corporate Partners Become a Corporate Partner Career Opportunities Fish World Records World Record Application Angling Rules International Angling Rules Release Rules Catch Certificates Fishing Tips and Tactics IGFA Member Discounts IGFA Rules Questions and Answers SCALES AND CERTIFICATION Slam and Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits IGFA Responds to Journal Publication Criticizing World Records A recent paper published online in the journal Marine Policy titled Trophy fishing for species threatened with extinction a way forward building on a history of conservation makes claims that the IGFA is responsible for stressing fish populations by rewarding anglers who target trophy fish for IGFA world records This paper has been widely circulated in other publications and social

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/IGFA-Responds-to-Journal-Publication-Criticizing-World-Records.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | New All-Tackle Record Lionfish
    new All Tackle lionfish Click for larger image From wreaking environmental havoc to making new world records lionfish continue to make the news The invasion of western Atlantic and Caribbean waters by two voracious lionfish species Pterois volitans and P miles is a continuing concern to anglers scientists and resource managers research has indicated that populations of these venomous predators are growing exponentially with significant negative impacts on important marine resources But one enterprising captain recently found a world record opportunity when he reeled in one of the exotic looking fish bringing new attention to the ways anglers can be part of the solution Lionfish are documented to survive at depths up to 300 meters 1 000 feet and ingest a large range of economically and ecologically important fish species Native to the Indo Pacific lionfish have no controlling predators in the Atlantic and Caribbean This coupled with a high reproductive rate has scientists and resource managers worried about impacts to our marine ecosystems With current tools and technologies eradication is not an option However lionfish can be collected via spearfishing and hand netting and are increasingly captured during hook and line fishing and as by catch in the trap fishery Although catching lionfish using a rod and reel may be opportunistic anglers are encouraged to remove lionfish whenever possible and even submit their catch for a world record The first All Tackle record for lionfish was recently approved by the IGFA a 0 74 kg 1 lb 10 oz red lionfish Pterois volitans that was caught off the coast of Miami Florida USA on September 7 2013 by Capt Mike Murias The fish was caught on a live pilchard while Murias was targeting snapper and other reef fish in about 61 meters 200 feet of water Having never seen

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/New-All-Tackle-Record-Lionfish.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Third longest at liberty bluefin tuna tag recovered
    Rules International Angling Rules Release Rules Catch Certificates Fishing Tips and Tactics IGFA Member Discounts IGFA Rules Questions and Answers SCALES AND CERTIFICATION Slam and Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Third longest at liberty bluefin tuna tag recovered IGFA Representative and IGFA Hall of Fame Inductee Captain Al Anderson has probably tagged more Atlantic bluefin tuna than any other individual The NMFS Pelagic Game Fish Tagging Center Miami has tracked his tagged bluefin tuna for well over five decades now starting in the late 1960 s At the present time over 4 700 plus Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus have carried NMFS tags deployed from Anderson s vessels Recently a 2 year old 14 lb school bluefin

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/third-longest-at-liberty-bluefin-tuna-tag-recovered.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Senator Vitter Moves Fisheries Allocation Policy to the Fore
    Benefits Senator Vitter Moves Fisheries Allocation Policy to the Fore WASHINGTON DC 10 30 13 U S Senator David Vitter R La championed recreational fishing this week by securing assurances from Dr Kathryn Sullivan Acting Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that NOAA would finally implement their own policies by pushing for a review of the outdated fishery allocations currently in place Last week Senator Vitter notified the Commerce Secretary that he would hold Sullivan s confirmation until NOAA finally took action Senator Vitter specifically requested two things from NOAA 1 NOAA direct the Regional Fishery Management Councils RFMC to implement the broad allocation provisions of NOAA s own National Catch Share Policy and 2 NOAA take steps to address the current allocation issues in the Gulf of Mexico s red snapper fishery A few days after announcing his hold Senator Vitter received a letter from Dr Sullivan which addressed his concerns and agreed to follow through on his request Specifically Dr Sullivan reiterated NOAA s continued support of the policy which states that harvest allocations to fishery sectors should be revisited on a regular basis In addition Roy Crabtree NOAA Regional Manager sent a letter to Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Chairman Doug Boyd asking that the Gulf Council complete its review of the red snapper allocation during its February 2014 meeting We commend Senator Vitter for stepping up to the plate on behalf of recreational fishermen and highlighting the need for NOAA to adhere to its own policy said Patrick Murray president of Coastal Conservation Association Using data from the 1980s to dictate allocation in 2013 just doesn t make sense Modern economic demographic and conservation criteria should be examined regularly to make these determinations Most government agencies are well familiar with the concept of assessing and allocating public resources in the timber energy and telecommunication industries for example Unlike the complex systems used to evaluate those resources however NOAA Fisheries has relied on simple past catch history to set allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors The process involves selecting a snapshot in history usually a span of three years or so and basing allocations on how much the commercial sector caught over that time frame versus how much the recreational sector caught The snapshot used for red snapper is from the 1980s around the time when shrimp trawl bycatch of juvenile red snapper caused the recreational snapper harvest to decline by 87 percent from 1980 1984 The allocation of 51 percent commercial to 49 percent recreational that was produced by that process still stands today Sen Vitter ensured that the Gulf Council will at last bring red snapper reallocation efforts to the table for its February meeting but without a formal allocation process the ultimate outcome is still unclear and will bear continued monitoring Anglers throughout the country owe a debt of gratitude to Senator David Vitter for his common sense approach to fisheries management policy said Mike Nussman president and CEO of the

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Senator-Vitter-Moves-Fisheries-Allocation-Policy-to-the-Fore.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Trinidad and Tobago Ends Local Trawling
    Rules Release Rules Catch Certificates Fishing Tips and Tactics IGFA Member Discounts IGFA Rules Questions and Answers SCALES AND CERTIFICATION Slam and Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Trinidad and Tobago Ends Local Trawling In a positive step towards aiding struggling fisheries the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago last week joined Australia Brazil Canada and similarly conservation minded countries in banning bottom trawling in their waters Trawling the practice of dragging large nets to dredge the water and sea bed resulting in very high levels of unwanted bycatch and habitat destruction has long been identified as one of the most harmful industrial fishing practices The International Game Fish Association has commended Senator Devant Maharaj of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of Food Production for working to bring trawling to a halt and support a healthier future for the region s marine resources We are seeing an increasing number of countries realize how vital and valuable it is to better protect their fisheries IGFA President Rob Kramer commented We have been working in the United States to help transition to more sustainable commercial fishing gear such as greenstick and buoy gear and recent socioeconomic reports are showing that recreational fisheries are contributing millions of dollars to the GDP of countries like Australia Costa Rica and

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Trinidad-and-Tobago-Ends-Local-Trawling.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Petition to Protect Bluefin Tuna
    Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Petition to Protect Bluefin Tuna Recreational anglers can help end the waste of bluefin tuna in the U S and ensure that surface longliners not sportsmen are held accountable for incidental bycatch The International Game Fish Association has sponsored an online petition and is asking for anglers to sign on at http www thepetitionsite com takeaction 618 212 596 to urge NOAA Fisheries to strengthen their current proposed rule for bluefin tuna by reducing longline bycatch and protecting bluefin spawning rounds Recreational anglers are leaders when it comes to conserving fish and their habitat said IGFA s Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser and we re hoping having recreational anglers sign on this petition will help NOAA Fisheries realize better protection is needed for this species Surface longlines kill thousands of game fish including blue and white marlin sailfish sharks and bluefin tuna In 2012 the fishery threw back dead nearly 25 of the U S bluefin quota The IGFA is calling on NOAA Fisheries to help reverse this trend by implementing strong measures that will protect spawning bluefin in the Gulf of Mexico and hold surface longliners accountable for bluefin bycatch Both of which mean increased fishing opportunities for recreational anglers Thanks to email and social media it is easier than ever for an angler to spread the word and support this measure Schratwieser continued It only takes 30 seconds to sign the

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Petition-to-Protect-Bluefin-Tuna.aspx (2016-02-11)
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