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  • IGFA | Public Comments Needed on Highly Migratory Species Plan
    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 Public Comments Needed on Highly Migratory Species Plan The US National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS is accepting public comments on Amendment 7 to the Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan regarding longlines and their impact on Atlantic bluefin tuna We ask you to join the IGFA the Center for Coastal Conservation the Coastal Conservation Association the American

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Public-Comments-Needed-on-Highly-Migratory-Species-Plan.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Australia Fishery Closures
    anglers out of over 1 3 million square kilometres of Australia s oceans for Marine Parks These areas include internationally renowned iconic Game and Sport fishing locations such as Shark Osprey Marion and Kenn Reefs in the Coral Sea and Geographe Bay Perth Trench and Dampier in Western Australia These areas are frequented and experienced by not only Australian recreational anglers but also recreational anglers from all over the world Australia s recreational anglers have always supported appropriate marine conservation measures based on sound science In fact Australian recreational anglers are renowned for their work in marine habitat restoration and marine conservation However we have not been provided with any justification as to why recreational anglers should be locked out of these areas The Government s proposed Lock out approach to Marine Parks is in response to multinational lobbying lead by the Pew Foundation Pew has supported a multimillion dollar advocacy and media campaign in Australia that is uncompromising in its approach to lock recreational anglers out of vast areas of Australia s oceans We have one last opportunity to turn this proposal around and get the Government to base their decisions on science rather than the strong arming of the anti fishing lobby The Australian Government is soon starting a 60 day submission period after which the Government will make a final decision on Marine Park boundaries If left unchanged the Government proposal will see these areas locked up to recreational fishing forever An organisation called Keep Australia Fishing has been established to manage a Don t Lock Us Out campaign including a write in petition to the Australian government The petition asks the Australian Government not to lock recreational anglers out of Marine Parks rather to reconsider their proposal and assess the establishment of Marine Parks on sound

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/News/Australia-Fishery-Closures.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Fish photos needed for app
    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 Fish photos needed for app The IGFA is developing a fish recognition app allowing anglers to identify their catch with a click of the smartphone but we need your help In partnership with Columbia University the IGFA is currently developing the first ever visual recognition app for fish for the iPhone This technology will assist anglers in identifying the fish they catch just by taking a picture on an iPhone The app is in the early stages of development but the IGFA is asking anglers to take part in the next phase by submitting smartphone pictures of the following fish Common snook Red drum Spotted seatrout Gray snapper Black drum Gag grouper Bonefish Permit Tripletail Cobia All pictures should be taken on the IGFA All Tackle Length measuring device available for purchase at http store igfa org Each picture should display the full length of the fish on the measuring device clearly showing the position of the mouth and tail The IGFA hopes to

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  • IGFA | IGMR First Tag Pops Up
    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 IGMR First Tag Pops Up Four hundred and nineteen nautical miles later the fifth fish tagged during the inaugural IGFA Great Marlin Race IGMR has become the first fish to have a tag pop off IGMR marlin number five caught by angler Norman Pichardo during the San Juan International Billfish Tournament had its tag pop up just off the coast of Venezuela near the Las Aves archipelago Although this is the first tag to pop up during the IGMR the marlin has already taught anglers more than just where the fish went The marlin came up tailwrapped and really brown it had been dragged backwards towards the boat and was in pretty bad shape When the captain first saw it from the bridge he called it a dead fish recalls IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser who was aboard the Amirita with Pichardo But instead of giving up Schratwieser and the mate David Hernandez quickly got to work reviving the fish Marlin are ram ventilators which means that they rely on forward motion through the water to breath Observations from top captains and crews also suggest that keeping the fish in an upright position by holding the dorsal fin creates a much better chance for revival With Hernandez holding the bill and Schratwieser working to keep the dorsal fin of the 250 lb fish upright they were able to revive tag and release Pichardo s catch The obvious question was would it live Blue marlin are actually quite hardy fish if the necessary time is taken to revive them Schratwieser shared The data from this tag conclusively

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/IGMR-First-Tag.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Legal Effort to Save Marine Sportfishing in California
    the state continues to close large areas of California s coastal waters to fishing To this point 14 of the state s total waters are under some level of closure but when considering the location of the closures some of the state s best marine fishing areas the total area lost to fishing opportunity is 40 percent or greater These closures have been so excessive in large part because the process was rigged from the start funded by pro closure environmental groups and virtually ignoring the interests of the recreational fishing community This flawed and unfair process has left the PSO with no choice but to take legal action to challenge these regulations which have already been enacted in the Central and North Central coasts and may go into effect in the South Coast this winter On January 27 2011 United Anglers of Southern California Coastside Fishing Club and Bob Fletcher filed a lawsuit seeking to set aside the MLPA regulations The lawsuit cites a lack of statutory authority for the California Fish and Game Commission to adopt the regulations and in the case of the South Coast regulations numerous violations of the California Environmental Quality Act in the commission s environmental review of the regulations The lawsuit will seek as remedies court orders that invalidate these regulations and prevent the future adoption of marine protected areas unless and until they are done in a manner directed by the Legislature and in compliance with California law The trial dates are coming up this fall and we have the utmost confidence that we will win the case Our attorneys have done an excellent job to date in fact we have won all three previous court victories related to the case but this legal effort has been expensive Due to the complex

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Legal-Effort-to-Save-Marine-Sportfishing-in-California.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Tuna Protection Needed
    for fish consumption But a paper released earlier this month suggests that the high demand for some species of tuna is endangering their future In a first time collaboration between international fishery scientists ichthyologists and conservationists a new study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN has revealed that five of the eight known species of tuna are threatened or near threatened The assessment released July 7 2011 is entitled High Value and Long Life Double Jeopardy for Tunas and Billfishes Reflecting the double threat of a thriving commercial market for their meat and long gestation periods for their young the article highlights the challenges facing scombrid tunas bonitos mackerels and Spanish mackerels and billfish swordfish and marlin species Using the criteria of the IUCN Red List for Endangered Species the paper listed Southern bluefin Thunnus maccoyii as Critically Endangered Atlantic bluefin T thynnus as Endangered bigeye T obesus as Vulnerable and yellowfin T albacares and albacore T alalunga as Near Threatened The biggest threats are commercial overfishing and a lack of international resolve to protect multinational fisheries All three bluefin tuna species are susceptible to collapse under continued excessive fishing pressure The Southern Bluefin has already essentially crashed with little hope of recovery says Dr Kent Carpenter Professor at Old Dominion University manager of IUCN s Marine Biodiversity Unit and an author of the paper If no changes are made to current fishing practices the western Atlantic Bluefin stocks are at risk of collapse as they are showing little sign that the population is rebuilding following a significant reduction in the 1970s IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser was a member of the assessment panel and had this to say In addition to high dollar fish such as tunas that are in trouble blue and white marlin

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Tuna-Protection-Needed.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Legislation Introduced to Stop Unwarranted Fisheries Closures in the United States
    problem we have in federal saltwater fisheries and taking action on this issue As amended in 2006 the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act MSA requires Regional Fishery Management Councils to put in place annual catch limits ACLs and accountability measures AMs for every fishery by December 31 2011 The requirements were intended to end overfishing by 2011 but were predicated on two critical assumptions NOAA Fisheries would make decisions based on up to date and accurate stock assessments and the agency would improve catch data to better anticipate potential problems in a given fishery Neither of these obligations has been met To maintain the conservation tenets of the Magnuson Stevens Act FSIA would not apply to stocks that are determined to be overfished However it offers three key components that are intended to steer NOAA Fisheries back to the true intention of the 2006 MSA reauthorization If the agency has not done a stock assessment on a particular stock in the last five years and there is no indication that overfishing is occurring an annual catch limit on that stock is not required FSIA gives NOAA Fisheries three years to work with the regional councils to figure out how to implement science based measures that are appropriate for each region and its fish To avoid removing fish species from management entirely due to lack of data NOAA Fisheries is currently designating a limited number of such stocks as ecosystem components allowing the continued federal management of the stock without the requirement to implement an annual catch limit or accountability measure FSIA codifies the agency s designation and expands the universe of stocks protected in this category The federal government currently has approximately 528 fish stocks or complexes of stocks under management and only 110 of those stocks are considered adequately assessed If the agency does not have the data to even hazard a guess about an Annual Catch Limit for some species there is currently an option for the agency to simply remove those stocks from all management protections which is not a desirable result H R 2304 provides a timely path for NOAA Fisheries to manage all of America s marine fish stocks based on sound science Click here for a FSIA Fact Sheet The Congressional Sportsmen s Caucus the largest bi partisan bi cameral caucus in the U S Congress with nearly 300 Members representing all 50 states has lent its powerful voice to calls for this legislation that will safeguard the strong conservation standards of the Magnuson Stevens Act while addressing the shortcomings within NOAA Fisheries The bill also has the support of American Sportfishing Association ASA Center for Coastal Conservation Center Coastal Conservation Association CCA Congressional Sportsmen s Foundation CSF International Game Fish Association IGFA National Marine Manufacturers Association NMMA and The Billfish Foundation TBF Comments offered today by coalition group leaders Center for Coastal Conservation Jeff Angers President The conservation tenets of the Magnuson Stevens Act are important to anglers and so is

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Legislation-Introduced-to-Stop-Unwarranted-Fisheries-Closures-in-the-United-States.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | NMFS HMS Panel April 2011
    Gulf of Mexico to use weak hooks to reduce bluefin tuna bycatch NMFS had presented research results for weak hooks in the September 2010 AP meeting that showed that they did reduce the number of bluefin tuna landed but nowhere did the research document that it results in reduced mortality which is what is really called for Subsequently IGFA issued a letter of opposition to the use of weak hooks and instead urged NMFS to close the Gulf of Mexico to pelagic longlining to protect spawning bluefin Bluefin Category Reallocation Robbing Peter to Pay Paul The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ICCAT U S bluefin tuna quota has been reduced to 948 metric tons mt In addition the amount of underharvest from the previous year that may be carried forward has been reduced to 10 of the baseline quota Both of which are good things as bluefin are sorely in need of reduced fishing mortality Unfortunately dead discards from the longline fishery total 160mt and threaten to cause the U S to exceed its ICCAT quota In response NMFS has issued a draft rule that would effectively institutionalize longline discards by reducing allocation of all other categories including recreational by 7 across the board while providing little incentive to reduce longline bycatch The IGFA will be issuing a letter of opposition and public comment on the proposed rule ends April 28 Swordfish Revitalization Catch it or Lose it The north Atlantic swordfish stock has been considered rebuilt by ICCAT for the last several years In truth much of this success is due to U S prior restrictions to the longline fishery that included mandatory use of circle hooks and time area closures Even with a rebuilt fishery the U S has not been able to fully harvest

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/NMFS-HMS-Panel-April-2011.aspx (2016-02-11)
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