On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 (H.R. 2706). This legislation is beneficial for the conservation of billfish populations. Billfish (marlin, sailfish and spearfish) populations have declined severely due to overfishing by non-U.S. commercial fishing fleets. In an effort to conserve billfish, the Billfish Conservation Act prohibits the sale of these Pacific-caught billfish, except in the State of Hawaii, out of respect for traditional fisheries. Championed by leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, this legislation passed both the House and the Senate on a bipartisan basis. Click here for more information on the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012.
On August 24, 2012, CSF and 8 other conservation organizations submitted a letter to the House leadership urging them to support the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012.
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Which of these considered changes do you believe would have the most positive impact on management of the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico?Vote Here
- Granting full management authority (stock assessments, management of both commercial and recreational sectors, etc.) to the five Gulf states. (40.00%)
- Extending the states’ current 9-mile management jurisdictions to 25 miles. (20.00%)
- Permanently allow each state to manage its recreational sector allocation out to 200 nautical miles. (20.00%)
- Use of more appropriate management models, such as rate of harvest, rather than the commercial hard-poundage quota system currently in place. (20.00%)
- Inclusion of additional, non-federal data in stock assessments. (0.00%)