Tag Archives: billfish conservation act

  • September 17, 2018

    President Signs Billfish Conservation Act II

    August 2, 2018.  President Donald Trump today signed into law HR 4528, bipartisan legislation to amend the Billfish Conservation Act to clarify that Pacific billfish exempted from the 2012 law’s federal no-sale provision must be sold locally in Hawaii and Pacific island territories (Guam, Samoa, etc.).  In effect, it achieves the original BCA’s intent to outlaw…

  • April 26, 2017

    A Bill to Bolster Billfish Protections

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President A rule to fully implement the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 had the ignominious honor of being the only proposed rulemaking left unfinished by the Department of Commerce before the change of Administrations in January. For four years, the National Marine Fisheries Service struggled with the issue of whether…

  • February 16, 2017

    A Bill to Bolster Billfish Conservation

    SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT BILLFISH Amendment Clarifies Intent of 2012 Conservation Act  February 16, 2017. A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation yesterday to amend the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, making it clear that the original intent of the BCA was to prohibit sales of any marlin, spearfish or sailfish in the mainland…

  • December 01, 2016

    The Buck Stops…Where?

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President To fully implement the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, NOAA Fisheries must enact a Final Rule. Before the Final Rule there must be a Proposed Rule. And before that, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR). The ANPR was issued 3 1⁄2 years ago in April 2013. We’ve yet…

  • April 01, 2016

    Getting Past Customs

    by Ken Hinman, Wild Oceans President Since passage of The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, foreign imports of marlin and other billfish, estimated at up to 30,000 fish a year pre-BCA, have come to a halt, making it one more triumph in our ongoing efforts to protect these marvelous fish. One unresolved issue remains, however,…

  • October 03, 2013

    BCA Closer to Complete Ban on US Mainland Billfish Sales

    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. Last Thursday, on September 26, 2013,Wild Oceansand the International Game Fish Association

  • July 18, 2013

    The Public Weighs In: Strictly Enforce the Billfish Conservation Act

    By Ken Hinman We’d like to thank the many Wild Oceans supporters who signed our petition asking the National Marine Fisheries Service to enforce the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 with a strict prohibition on the sale of marlin, sailfish and spearfish in the continental United States, allowing only a limited exemption for the local...
  • October 06, 2012

    United States Protects Imperiled Species: Billfish Conservation Act Becomes Law

    On October 6, 2012, President Obama signed the Billfish Conservation Act into law, effectively banning the importation of all billfish into the continental United States. The signing marks the culmination of a united undertaking by a diverse coalition of angling and conservation organizations working in cooperation with a bipartisan group of congressional champions. Although there...