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  • IGFA | Senator Vitter draws line for red snapper allocation
    would hold the nominee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA until he received a commitment that NOAA Fisheries would address the ongoing failure of the Agency to implement its own allocation policies and to provide some leadership and direction to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council The focus of Senator Vitter on the key issue of fisheries allocation was lauded by the leading organizations in marine recreational fishing and boating Coastal Conservation Association American Sportfishing Association Center for Coastal Conservation International Game Fish Association and National Marine Manufacturers Association It shouldn t have to come to this said Patrick Murray president of Coastal Conservation Association After all NOAA is an agency charged with managing our public marine resources in a manner to achieve the greatest benefits to the nation and there is no way to manage any fishery to achieve that goal when the managing agency insists on adhering to an allocation that was set using catch history from the 1980s We really appreciate Senator Vitter stepping in to make NOAA Fisheries do its job 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

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Senator-Vitter-draws-line-for-red-snapper-allocation.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Massive population decline in European seabass
    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 Massive population decline in European seabass An assessment by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea ICES has revealed that European seabass Dicentrarcus labrax have suffered a massive population decline in the Northeast Atlantic reaching their lowest point in two decades With a drop of more than 20 the crash is not only a concern to the commercial fishery but also to the recreational fishing community that considers the species to be a prize catch European seabass are a vulnerable species because they spawn for the first time at four to seven years can be caught before they spawn and return to the same coastal sites each year which makes them more prone to habitat loss and overexploitation The ICES report suggests that global warming and increased fishing influenced the decline in stocks in the Northeast Atlantic When ocean temperatures began increasing in the 1990s sea bass stocks expanded and concentrated northward and began to decline as fishing increased The report also suggests that the cold winters during the past five years may have killed a significant proportion of juveniles fish that were not yet able to

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Massive-population-decline-in-European-seabass.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Billfish Conservation Act Closer to Complete Ban on US Mainland Billfish Sales
    still work to be done to make sure the BCA will be properly enacted On September 26 2013 the International Game Fish Association IGFA and Wild Oceans formerly National Coalition for Marine Conservation met with NOAA Fisheries senior staff to discuss progress on implementing the new law and learned that a complete ban on the sale of billfish in the mainland United States is nearing reality The BCA signed into law by President Obama on October 5 2012 prohibits the sale of all marlin sailfish and spearfish in the continental US effectively eliminating an estimated 30 000 billfish being imported each year from foreign countries In April of this year NOAA Fisheries announced an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ANPR seeking comment on implementing and enforcing the Act Of particular concern is whether or not billfish harvested in Hawaii and nearby US territories under an exemption for traditional Pacific island fisheries may be shipped to the mainland When IGFA and Wild Oceans through their joint Take Marlin Off the Menu campaign facilitated the creation of the Act in 2011 the intent was to completely close the mainland to importation and sale of all billfish thus ending a sizeable foreign market while still allowing the traditional local consumption of billfish in the Hawaiian Islands After the BCA was signed into law both groups immediately began working with legal and trade experts to emphasize the law s intent to NOAA Fisheries as the BCA entered the rule making process During the ANPR comment period IGFA and Wild Oceans submitted detailed comments that highlighted the following key items The BCA was intended as a mechanism to conserve imperiled billfish and not to replace foreign origin billfish in the mainland US with fish caught under the domestic exemption Allowing billfish harvested in Hawaii to

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Billfish-Conservation-Act-Closer-to-Complete-Ban-on-US-Mainland-Billfish-Sales.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Call for Papers for Seventh WRFC
    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 Call for Papers for Seventh WRFC Change transformation and adaptation in recreational fisheries is the theme of the Seventh World Recreational Fishing Conference WRFC and the first call for papers is now open Abstracts addressing any of the conference s sub themes may be submitted online for consideration for the September 2014 event and those uploaded prior to September 25 2013 and accepted will receive a 30 USD discount on the registration fee The WRFC is the only conference series of its kind for the recreational fisheries sector both freshwater and saltwater The conference series target groups are representatives from NGOs management agencies the tackle trade business angling tourism and multidisciplinary sciences It highlights trends recent findings and interesting experiences across continents and within the angling community The IGFA hosted the Fifth WRFC at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Museum in Dania Beach Florida in 2008 The triannual conference will next be held September 1 4 2014 in São Paulo Brazil at the Convention Center of the State University of Campinas Brazil IGFA Representative Ezequiel Theodoro da Silva Unicamp professor and general Coordinator of the WRFC Organizing Committee has emphasized that recreational fishing is a mosaic of several segments including the fishing guides and the

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/News/Call-for-Papers-for-Seventh-WRFC.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Hemingway Tournament Supports Circle Hooks
    catch and release formats and promote the use of circle hooks to support healthier fish releases The Ernest Hemingway International Billfish Tournament is one of the latest to join the trend their 63rd annual competition took place May 20 25th in Cuba and IGFA Trustee Martin Arostegui President Rob Kramer and Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser were on hand to help train captains and anglers in employing more release friendly fishing methods and recognize the team who released the most marlin while using circle hooks The IGFA strongly encourages the use of non offset circle hooks when fishing with natural bait alive or dead because extensive research has demonstrated that circle hooks gut hook significantly fewer fish without sacrificing catch rates The Commodore of the Hemingway Club IGFA Representative Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich and the President of the Marlin Nautical and Marinas Group Francisco Sanchez Perez first welcomed the IGFA to share this research and introduce circle hooks to the Hemingway Tournament in 2010 Since then Arostegui Kramer and Schratwieser have returned regularly to help captains and crews learn how to rig baits with circle hooks as well as share information on the status of billfish species throughout the world satellite tags and current technology used in billfish research and targeting world record fish Cuba has such vibrant sport fishing opportunities Arostegui said referencing the numerous IGFA Slam and Trophy fish that have been caught in the region Commodore Escrich and the Marlin Group have worked hard to make sure the Cuban fishery remains healthy for sportsmen and eco tourists for years to come by supporting the transition to circle hooks This year the Hemingway Tournament and its directors the Marlin Group took an even more progressive step by making the event circle hook optional and encouraging teams to modify their

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/News/hemingway-tournament-supports-circle-hooks.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Keep Australia Fishing Marine Parks PSA
    of Fame E K Harry Library of Fishes IGFA Legendary Captains and Crew IGFA Recognition Awards Bob Herder Light Tackle 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 Keep Australia Fishing Marine Parks PSA Want the facts on Australia s marine parks and the proposed lock out zones for recreational anglers Check out this new video from Keep Australia Fishing You

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/News/KAF-Marine-Parks-PSA.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | IGFA and Columbia University Team Up for App
    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 and Columbia University Team Up for App The International Game Fish Association and Columbia University have partnered to develop a new application called IGFA CatchLog that will allow anglers to contribute to fisheries data collection efforts using Apple s iPhone As they near completion of a pilot version of the App the IGFA is offering anglers the opportunity to test it out and earn some great incentives including a free LifeProof case for the iPhone Costa sunglasses and more A unique feature of IGFA CatchLog will be a visual recognition component developed by computer scientists at Columbia University which will help anglers identify a fish from an iPhone photograph Researchers at Columbia have pioneered similar visual recognition systems for plants through projects like the Leafsnap app The basic application will be modified from the existing IGFA app IGFA Mobile and allow anglers who want to participate in research and management efforts to do so quickly and easily While the data collected will contribute to specific fisheries research and management efforts a companion angler catch log will allow users to store complete details of their catches for their own use or to share with others if they so desire As evidenced by the popularity of IGFA s current app anglers are thirsting for opportunities to catalog their catches in an easy to use application remarked IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser Adding the capability to easily share much needed catch data will also help improve recreational fisheries The initial

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/News/IGFA-and-Columbia-University-Team-Up-for-App.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | IGFA urges NMFS to ban surface longlines in the Gulf of Mexico
    ban surface longlines in the Gulf of Mexico MARCH 25 2013 The International Game Fish Association has long supported closing the Gulf of Mexico to surface longlines But in an uncommon collaboration this position is gaining new momentum as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA prepares a new proposed regulation for the region as early as next month In anticipation of the Obama Administration s new bluefin tuna regulations for U S fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean the IGFA is preparing to voice support for the adoption of greenstick and swordfish buoy gear to replace harmful and wasteful longlines Data from NOAA s southeast Fisheries Science Center shows that from 2007 to 2009 51 of the Gulf surface longline catch was discarded and 65 of those discards were thrown back dead This fishing gear also injures and kills approximately 80 types of marine wildlife including imperiled billfish species like blue and white marlin as well as bluefin tuna It is well known that the Gulf of Mexico is the only known spawning ground for western Atlantic bluefin tuna Schratwieser continued and we know that closing areas to longlines does work to reduce bycatch significantly Now is the time for NOAA to seize the opportunity to protect some of the ocean s most majestic fish from dying needlessly on this wasteful gear The rallying cry to end longlining practices in the Gulf is also supported by the availability of less harmful alternatives Recent research with greenstick gear reported only 16 discarded catch 0 of which was dead and swordfish buoy gear results in only 9 discarded catch 7 of which is dead These highly selective types of gear also use far less line and hooks greensticks typically use 650 feet of line and 10 hooks

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