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  • IGFA | Caribbean Billfish Workshop hosted at IGFA
    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 Caribbean Billfish Workshop hosted at IGFA Click for larger image On March 19th and 20th the IGFA hosted a workshop in conjunction with The Billfish Foundation on the preparation of a billfish management and conservation plan for the Western Central Atlantic This meeting was a follow up to the workshop in November 2012 on the Assessment of Socio Economic Impacts of Recreational Fishing attended by IGFA President Rob Kramer and Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser Experts from 11 countries and 10 international and regional organizations were in attendance at the recent workshop In addition to discussing the progress of the Manual on Economic Impact that the working group finalized in the November meeting they also approved a pilot project proposal which will introduce billfish management and conservation to the Western Central Atlantic region which will be submitted for funding consideration by the World Bank in April of 2013 Although decisions regarding billfish management are ultimately under the authority of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ICCAT the working group emphasized that much progress can be made with strengthened and collaborative partnerships between relevant stakeholders including small scale recreational and commercial fisheries the fishing fleets of distant countries the tourism industry researchers managers non governmental organizations and others Billfish have been poorly managed

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  • IGFA | Billfish Recommendations for ICCAT 2012
    Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Billfish Recommendations for ICCAT 2012 IGFA President Rob Kramer and Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser are currently attending the 18 th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ICCAT in Agadir Morocco Billfish conservation measures are a hot topic this year as the most recent stock assessments for blue and white marlin from the ICCAT Standing Committee on Research and Statistics SCRS found that blue and white marlin are still in an overfished condition with blue marlin still experiencing overfishing Similarly SCRS reports also found that both the eastern and western Atlantic stocks of sailfish are most likely overfished with overfishing occurring In an effort to help rebuild these important recreational species the U S delegation has put forth a recommendation to establish an annual Total Allowable Catch TAC of 2 000 tons for blue marlin and 400 tons for white marlin spearfish by implementing the following measures ICCAT Contracting Party Country CPCs commercial fishing vessels must release all marlin and spearfish whether dead or alive and also prohibit the retention transshipment or sale of any part or whole carcass of marlin or spearfish This very significant recommendation was strongly recommended by IGFA and was also included in IGFA s position statement to ICCAT and is an attempt to directly leverage IGFA s efforts of successfully passing the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 in the United States Additional measures in the recommendations include CPC commercial fishing vessels must release any live sailfish that are caught CPCs with recreational fisheries shall adopt domestic regulations that establish minimum sizes of 251 cm lower jaw fork length LJFL for blue marlin and 168 cm LJFL for white marlin spearfish

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  • IGFA | IGMR Winners 2012
    accounts for nearly 40 of that distance that which belonged to team Texas Scot Connection sponsored by Trevor Somny Bruce McKee and Bill Crawford during the Club Nautico de San Juan 58 th Annual Billfish Tournament that was held in Puerto Rico September 5 11 2011 Traversing the Atlantic Ocean and covering 4 776 nm this tag placed in a 260 kg 575 lb blue marlin has officially won the first year of the IGMR It also represents the longest track ever recorded from an electronic tag in a marlin Although the Texas Scot Connection tag covered the lion s share of the distance that has been reported back from the satellite tags so far the second and third place tags also made notable journeys The second place tag deployed and sponsored by Bjorn Farley in a 100 kg 220 lb blue marlin during the 2012 GAMEX Australian International Billfish Tournament on March 29 th traveled 1 035 nm and popped up 310 nm west of Java Indonesia Following close behind in third place was the tag sponsored by Wayne Ritchie and Ivan Hartley Ritchy Auto A Ford Motor Dealer and Team W which traveled 1 018 nm rounding the Cape of Good Hope after it was deployed in a 150 kg 330 lb blue marlin during the Fourth Colombia Billfish Classic hosted by the South Africa Deep Sea Angling Association in February of 2012 These fish are covering incredible distances observed IGMR co chair and Stanford University marine biologist Dr Randy Kochevar The data we are collecting through the IGFA Great Marlin Race are giving us a new level of insight about where these fish are traveling and how they are using their open ocean habitat In addition to expanding our knowledge about one of the ocean s most

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  • IGFA | Billfish Conservation Act Becomes Law
    of billfish in the world importing about 30 000 billfish annually This is a tremendous success for these highly migratory species National Coalition for Marine Conservation NCMC President Ken Hinman said Marlin sailfish and spearfish do not know country boundaries and travel through three of the planet s oceans Giving them greater protection in the United States sets the stage for better protection worldwide With the largest buyer out of the market the NCMC and International Game Fish Association IGFA who championed the bill will now turn their attention to the international challenges facing these imperiled species And with populations of three species of marlin having declined by more than 50 their efforts come not a moment too soon Recreational anglers and ocean conservationists have been the primary supporters behind the Billfish Conservation Act IGFA President Rob Kramer commented and I am confident that with this strong step by the United States we will be able to raise support for more robust measures elsewhere The support of the Billfish Conservation Act by groups like the American Sportfishing Association the Center for Coastal Conservation the Coastal Conservation Association the Congressional Sportsmen s Foundation the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Keep America Fishing the National Marine Manufacturers Association OCEARCH and numerous partners in the environmental community played an integral part in the bill s success We have sound science that indicates that billfish are not doing well on a global level IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser added Better international protection for these fish benefits open ocean ecosystems and recreational anglers around the world Background The legislation H R 2706 was sponsored in the House of Representatives by Congressional Sportsmen s Caucus Co Chair Representative Jeff Miller R FL along with fellow Co Chair Rep Mike Ross D AR and Vice Chairs Rep Bob

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  • IGFA | Senate Success for Billfish Conservation Act
    Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Senate Success for Billfish Conservation Act Washington DC After four years of work recreational anglers and ocean conservationists can today celebrate a rare feat the Billfish Conservation Act passed the Senate and is now headed to President Obama s desk for his signature Very few bills have become law this Congress due to partisan disagreements but the Billfish Conservation Act has been overwhelmingly supported by both parties in both chambers Senator David Vitter R LA sponsored the original bill in the Senate and with the help of Florida Senator Bill Nelson D FL they worked magic to get it passed The support of these key Congressmen has bolstered the campaign to conserve imperiled billfish species that the International Game Fish Association IGFA and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation NCMC began in 2008 Their joint effort to urge the United States to take stronger action to protect these valuable and magnificent fish has also raised awareness in fishing communities on the importance of recreational angling in the country s and the world s economies Rob Kramer President of the IGFA said Our congressional champions especially Senator David Vitter Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Jeff Miller R FL are absolute heroes to recreational anglers In addition the leadership and members of the Congressional Sportsmen s Caucus have been a uniting and driving force toward enactment of this important legislation since day one The Billfish Conservation Act will help turn the tide on rapidly declining stocks of sailfish marlin and spearfish This is great news for recreational anglers and for people working in tourism sportfishing and marine businesses According to Ken Hinman President of the NCMC The U S already has

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  • IGFA | Billfish Conservation Act Passes Overwhelmingly in House of Representatives
    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 Billfish Conservation Act Passes Overwhelmingly in House of Representatives Dania Beach FL Recreational anglers and ocean conservationists scored a big victory in Congress today as The Billfish Conservation Act passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives The bill still must pass the Senate where it has the support of both Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio as well as David Vitter of Louisiana and numerous other Senators from both parties The bill H R 2706 was introduced in the House by Florida Congressman Jeff Miller R FL and has since received overwhelming bi partisan support Rob Kramer President of the International Game Fish Association said Now we are very close to getting the Billfish legislation to the President s desk which would help turn the tide on rapidly declining stocks of sailfish marlin and spearfish This is great news for recreational anglers and for people working in tourism sportfishing and marine businesses According to Ken Hinman President of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation The U S already has the world s strongest conservation measures in place for billfish This

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  • IGFA | Congressional Leadership Must Take Action for Billfish
    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 Congressional Leadership Must Take Action for Billfish With the passage of the Billfish Conservation Act in the Natural Resources Committee of the House of Representatives on August 1 2012 the U S is close to taking a strong stand in the conservation of one of the ocean s most magnificent apex predators Known formally as H R 2706 the bill received overwhelming bi partisan support in Committee a good sign for billfish everywhere But there is more work to be done to protect the future of these imperiled species Now recreational anglers must urge House leadership to schedule the Billfish Conservation Act for a speedy passage and encourage the Senate Commerce Committee to schedule a hearing for the bill as soon as possible Keep America Fishing has made it easy to send a message to Members of Congress pressing them to support the Billfish Conservation Act Simply visit http keepamericafishing salsalabs com o 6394 p dia action public action KEY 4039 and enter a ZIP code and letters are automatically generated to local Representatives and Senate Members Now is the time to tell leadership in Washington that they have

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  • IGFA | Billfish Conservation Act Advances in House
    modifications H R 2706 which was introduced by Rep Jeff Miller R Fla received overwhelming bi partisan support in the Committee Congressman Miller has been a huge champion for recreational anglers in Florida and across the country said International Game Fish Association President Rob Kramer He is making things happen finding a way to get the Billfish Conservation Act through Congress Next up we need a floor vote in the House of Representatives and action in the Senate Commerce Committee By eliminating a sizeable component of the international billfish market this legislation will boost the billfish recovery efforts underway in the U S and abroad Billfish are harvested by other nations and sold to the U S even though the U S has strong conservation measures in place for its waters this has caused a serious decline in populations Kramer said We applaud Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings R Wash as well as Fisheries Subcommittee Chairman John Fleming R La for making this important legislation a priority This bill is a perfect example of how conservation legislation can result in enormous benefits to the economy while sustaining imperiled species at no cost to American taxpayers This important step is great news for recreational anglers and for people working in tourism sportfishing and marine businesses According to Ken Hinman President of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation It is great to see momentum for the Billfish Conservation Act of 2011 Now is the time to make it clear that the future of billfish is not for sale Background The legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep Miller and his colleagues Reps Mike Ross D Ark Bob Latta R Ohio Heath Shuler D N C Rob Wittman R Va Jeff Duncan R S C Michael Michaud D Maine Jo Bonner R Ala and Dan Boren D Okla In the Senate the legislation was introduced by Senator David Vitter R La and co sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson D Fla John McCain R Ariz and Sheldon Whitehouse D R I It would prohibit the sale of all billfish marlin sailfish and spearfish in the United States while still allowing for traditional fisheries within the State of Hawaii and the Pacific Insular Area Swordfish are not included in the prohibition Marlin sailfish and spearfish collectively called billfish are some of the world s most majestic marine fish They are apex predators that play a critical role in maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems Billfish are also highly esteemed by recreational anglers the world over and catch and release fisheries for these species support many marine jobs and generate billions of dollars to the U S economy Unfortunately the world s billfish stocks are seriously imperiled from non U S commercial fishing Recently as a result of these population declines the International Union for the Conservation of Nature listed blue and white marlin as threatened species and striped marlin as nearly threatened Billfish are primarily caught as by catch in non U S commercial

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