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  • IGFA | Billfish Conservation Act
    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 OCTOBER 2 2013 When the Billfish Conservation Act BCA was signed into US law a year ago conservationists worldwide cheered that the globe s largest market for imported marlin sailfish and spearfish would soon be closed Although the challenge of getting a bill passed through the legislative process was won there is 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 During the meeting IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser and Wild Oceans President Ken Hinman were told that since it was signed into law last fall NOAA Fisheries has been interpreting the BCA as a complete prohibition on possession and sale of billfish covered by the Act in the continental United States and will continue to do so until it issues a Final Rule To underscore this policy NOAA has issued an enforcement order that existing billfish product on the mainland be destroyed or donated to charity NOAA Fisheries staff said they intend to issue a proposed rule by the end of this year or early 2014 IGFA and Wild Oceans will continue to work with the agency to ensure that the conservation goals of the BCA are maintained throughout the

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  • IGFA | Conservation News
    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 More 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 More Senator David Vitter R La announced yesterday that he 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 More 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 More Sportsmanship and conservation go hand in hand anglers who hope for more and bigger fish tomorrow invariably understand the need to release catches they make today Since 1993 the International Game Fish Association IGFA has been recognizing superlative achievements in fishing conservation with the annual IGFA Conservation Awards More 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 More Senator David Vitter R La announced yesterday that he 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 More 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 More When the Billfish Conservation Act BCA was signed into US law nearly a year ago conservationists worldwide cheered that the globe s largest market for imported marlin sailfish and spearfish would soon be closed Although the challenge of getting a bill passed through the legislative process was won there is still work to be done to make sure the BCA will be properly enacted More 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 More The comment period for the National Marine Fisheries Service Advanced Notification of Proposed Rule Making for the implementation of the Billfish Conservation Act has closed IGFA has submitted these comments to NMFS to reinforce that the intent of the Billfish Conservation Act was to close the continental U S to foreign caught billfish as well as those caught in Hawaii and the Pacific peninsular region Read full comments here Tournaments around the world are becoming increasingly concerned with conservation and ethical fishing practices Every year more events adopt 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 More 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 More The International Game Fish Association IGFA will host an International Billfish Symposium at its headquarters in Dania Beach Florida during August 2015 The event will be co chaired by Jason Schratwieser Conservation Director for IGFA and Dr David Kerstetter director of the Fisheries Research Laboratory at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center More 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 More 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 More 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 More 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

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  • IGFA | Resources
    Shop IGFA About Us Headquarters and Operations IGFA HISTORY Mission Board of Trustees Public Information Fishing Hall 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 Resources Socioeconomic Resources Socioeconomic Resources Read More Regional Fisheries Bodies Regional Fisheries Bodies Read More The

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  • IGFA | Socioeconomic Resources
    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 Socioeconomic Resources A number of studies have been done to learn more about the socioeconomic impacts of recreational fishing These studies commissioned by the International Game Fish Association and others help inform our position statements and conservation projects worldwide The Benefits to Business from Hunting and Fishing Excise Taxes Prepared by Southwick Associates and Andrew Loftus Consulting on behalf of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies February 2011 The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Fisheries and Aquaculture Department 2010 Analysis of the economic contribution of recreational and commercial fisheries to the Costa Rican economy Prepared by Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias Economicas of Universidad de Costa Rica sponsored by the Billfish Foundation May 2010 The Economic Impact of Flats Fishing in the Bahamas Tony Fedler Ph D prepared for The Bahamian Flats Fishing Alliance March 2010 The Sunken Billions The Economic Justification for Fisheries Reform Produced by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development The World Bank 2009 Domestic Economic Impacts of a CITES Appendix I Listing for Bluefin Tuna Prepared by Gentner Consulting Group September 2009 The Economic Contributions of Anglers to the Los Cabos Economy Produced by Southwick Associates Inc Nelson Resources Consulting Inc and FIRMUS Consulting on behalf of the Billfish

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  • IGFA | Regional Fisheries Bodies
    Indian Ocean Back to RFMO List SEAFO Southeast Atlantic Fisheries Organization www seafo org OBJECTIVE to ensure the long term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the Southeast Atlantic In giving effect to the objective of the Convention the contracting parties where appropriate through the Organization will adopt measures based on the best scientific evidence available to ensure the long term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources to which the Convention applies take the precautionary approach in accordance with Article 7 apply the provisions of the Convention relating to fishery resources taking due account of the impact of fishing operations on ecologically related species such as seabirds cetaceans seals and marine turtles adopt where necessary conservation and management measures for species belonging to the same ecosystem as or associated with or dependent upon the harvested fishery resources ensure that fishery practices and management measures take due account of the need to minimize harmful impacts on living marine resources as a whole protect biodiversity in the marine environment Back to RFMO List SIOFA South Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement OBJECTIVE to ensure the long term conservation and sustainable use of fishery resources other than tuna in areas that fall outside national jurisdictions Back to RFMO List SPRFMO South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization www southpacificrfmo org OBJECTIVE the international conservation and management of non highly migratory fisheries and protection of biodiversity in the marine environment extending from the most eastern part of the South Indian Ocean through the Pacific towards the Exclusive Economic Zones EEZs of South America Back to RFMO List WCPFC The Western and Pacific Fisheries Commission WCPFC www wcpfc int OBJECTIVE to conserve and manage tuna and other highly migratory fish stocks across the western and central areas of the Pacific Ocean Back to RFMO List APFIC Asia Pacific Fishery Commission www apfic org The main objective of the Asia Pacific Fishery Commission APFIC is to promote the full and proper utilization of living aquatic resources of the Asia Pacific area by the development and management of fishing and culture operations and by the development of related processing and marketing activities in conformity with the objectives of its members both marine and inland aquatic resources of the Asia Pacific area Back to Advisory Body List BOB IGO Bay of Bengal Programme www bobpigo org The Bay of Bengal Programme BOBP IGO is an inter governmental organization mandated to enhance cooperation among member countries other countries and organizations in the region and provide technical and management advisory services for sustainable coastal fisheries development and management in the Bay of Bengal region The mission of the BOBP IGO is to promote and establish responsible fisheries governance in a time bound manner to ensure socio economic security of the coastal small scale fishers and ecological security of fisheries resources in the Bay of Bengal while catalyzing the growth of the sector to substantiate economic development of the member countries The objectives of the Organization are to enhance cooperation among member countries other countries and organizations in the region and provide technical and management advisory services for sustainable coastal fisheries development and management in the Bay of Bengal region Back to Advisory Body List CECAF Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic The purpose of the Committee is to promote the sustainable utilization of the living marine resources within its area of competence by the proper management and development of the fisheries and fishing operations Back to Advisory Body List CIFAA Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa The main objective of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa CIFAA is to promote the development of inland fisheries and aquaculture in Africa Back to Advisory Body List COMHAFAT Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean www atlafco org An inter governmental organization created in 1989 and composed of 22 states from south of Namibia to north of Morocco The Convention establishing COMHAFAT sets the fields and modalities of regional fisheries cooperation among the member states Back to Advisory Body List COPESCAL Commission for Inland Fisheries of Latin America The general objective of the Commission is to promote programmes of research and development leading to the rational utilization of inland fisheries resources assist Member Governments in the Region in establishing the scientific basis for regulatory and other measures for the conservation and improvement of inland fishery resources support the development of aquaculture and encourage education and training to reach these objectives Back to Advisory Body List COREP Regional Fisheries Committee for the Gulf of Guinea The main objectives of the Regional Fisheries Committee for the Gulf of Guinea COREP are to harmonize fisheries policy and legal frameworks of parties to determine a concerted attitude towards the activities of foreign fishing vessels and to give priority to the needs of the fishing vessels originating from member countries to preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems both marine and inland waters to harmonize members national regulations with a view to having a unified regulation fixing the conditions of fishing and the control of fishing operations in the area covered by the Convention to assess the status of shared or transboundary stocks to collect analyze and make available scientific data as well as information and techniques for fisheries and aquaculture Back to Advisory Body List CPPS Permanent Commission for the South Pacific To secure for the people of the States Parts of CPPS food supplies and provide the means of developing their economy through the sustainable exploitation of marine resources Back to Advisory Body List CRFM Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism www caricom fisheries com The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism CRFM was established in 2002 by the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community CARICOM as a regional fishery body serving the Caribbean region The overall objective of the CRFM is to promote and facilitate the responsible utilization of the region s fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the

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  • IGFA | Information Exchange
    more and more about the world s aquatic habitats and the fish that inhabit them At the same time anglers are learning more and more about pursuing and catching fish As a result both scientists and anglers are great repositories of ichthyologic information However this information is of limited value as long as scientists only talk to scientists and anglers only talk to anglers IGFA plays an active role in facilitating information exchange to bridge the gap between anglers and the scientific community so that both may benefit from the data developed by each group One of the primary means of connecting scientists and anglers is through symposia that are specifically designed to achieve synthesis from both audiences In September 1984 the IGFA sponsored the First World Angling Conference held in Cap d Agde France This was the first conference devoted solely to recreational fisheries issues the brought together the angling and scientific community to discuss issues related to the sport The conference was a huge success and attracted 251 registrants from 48 countries It also laid the groundwork for what would become the World Recreational Fishing Conference WRFC series which 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 In November 2008 IGFA hosted the 5th WRFC at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame The conference attracted over 200 participants from over 22 countries A peer reviewed proceedings from the conference is scheduled for publication in 2010 IGFA s 60 000 square foot facility is a perfect venue for conferences meetings and public workshops In addition

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  • IGFA | Position Statements
    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 Position Statements The following statements reflect the IGFA s position on a variety of issues pertaining to recreational fishing Based on sound science and responsible management goals they serve to support our advocacy work to ensure the future of angling for sportsmen around the world Recommendations to the 24th Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ICCAT Recommendations for the 19th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission IOTC Gulf States Unveil Solution to Red Snapper Management IGFA Position Statement for the 11th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission WCPFC IGFA Position Statement for the 19th Special Meeting for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ICCAT IGFA comments on the proposed expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument PRIMNM Recommendations for the 18th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission IOTC Comments on Proposed Rule for Draft Amendment 7 to 2006 Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan 9 January 2014 Recreational Fishing for Poverty Alleviation and Conservation Recommendations for the 10th Regular Session of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Recommendations to the 23rd Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas North Pacific Fishery Management Council proposed Halibut Catch Sharing Plan Billfish Conservation Act Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Comments Comments on proposed alternative to Everglades National Park Draft General Management Plan Joint Letter on Highly Migratory Species Amendment 7 IGFA Position Statement for the 18th Special Meeting for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ICCAT Amendment 7 to the Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan Testimony before the House Natural Resources

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  • IGFA | All Educational and Youth Programs
    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 All Educational and Youth Programs IGFA s objectives are founded on the beliefs that game fish species related food fish and their habitats are economic social recreational and aesthetic assets which must be maintained wisely used and perpetuated and that the sport of angling is an important recreational economic and social activity which the public must be educated to pursue in a manner consistent with sound sporting and conservation practices With the worldwide systematic decline of many fish species conservation and education have become important priorities for IGFA and environmentalists throughout the world To help with this global mission programs are available to your classroom as the Education Outreach Program Our educational programs offer the opportunity to discover the essence of fishing The IGFA is recognized as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center in partnership with Coastal America Science labs are conducted for all grade levels and meet the FCAT and Florida Sunshine State Standards IGFA is Broward County School Board approved field trip site under the Arts and Science Supplement Grant Our variety of activities and programs will allow you to choose which program best fits your goals and objectives Education and Outreach Field Trips Experience the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Museum through a group visit or participate in one of our hands on educational programs Choose a one hour program or two half hour programs All programs meet the requirements for

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