Archive | December, 2015

ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FOR-HIRE HMS SECTOR

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In recent years, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has taken great steps to recognize the importance of recreational fishing across the nation and their research continues to reveal the substantial benefits that come from healthy recreational fisheries. Surveys conducted by NMFS in 2011 of private HMS angling permit holders revealed that anglers targeting HMS in […]

BILLFISH GENETIC SAMPLING

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  Despite the popularity with anglers worldwide and the research investments made by The Billfish Foundation since 1986, still a lot of biological information is not known about marlin, sailfish, and spearfish, making their management and conservation challenging. Billfish tagged by anglers and scientists has revealed a lot about the fishes’ movements and growth rates, […]

The Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) Awaiting New Legislation – Draft rule needed to enforce BCA ruling on billfish sales in Continental United States.

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By IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser Three years after the Billfish Conservation Act goes into effect, conservationists await new draft rule from National Marine Fisheries Service banning the sale of both foreign and domestic billfish in the continental United States. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than three years since President Barack Obama […]