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IGFA Partners on Caribbean Billfish Project

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Billfish species including blue and white marlin, sailfish and spearfish, make significant contributions to the Caribbean economies, livelihoods and food security through two very distinct fisheries- commercial and recreational. Billfish are also important incidental by-catch species from large scale tuna long-line fisheries operating both within and beyond national jurisdictions. Declining trends due to overfishing have […]

Congress is trying to steal a clean water victory from sportsmen at the eleventh hour.

Image by Barry and Cathy Beck.

There is nothing more essential to good fishing than clean water, and in the United States, there is nothing more fundamental to promoting clean water than the Clean Water Act. Since it was signed into law in 1972, we’ve seen rivers once so fouled by pollution that they literally caught fire become productive fisheries. Yet, […]

Black Marlin are Taking Over the IGFA Great Marlin Race


Black Marlin are Taking Over the IGFA Great Marlin Race By IGFA Conservation Coordinator Leah Baumwell ( In the last two weeks alone, eight tags have popped off of black marlin that were satellite tagged during the 2014 Lizard Island, Australia IGMR to reveal that the eight fish swam a combined linear distance of 15,187 […]

Five Years Later: Oil Spill Penalties Are No Anniversary Gift—But They Can Have Benefits


A Gulf Coast angler and fisheries conservationist reflects on the days following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—and the ongoing recovery efforts. A longtime charter captain and friend, Darryl Carpenter, called me from Grand Isle at about noon on Tuesday, April 21, 2010. I was sitting at my desk at the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration […]