Tag Archives: billfish conservation

  • 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…

  • July 25, 2018

    No Going Back

    The National Marine Fisheries Service is questioning whether long-standing measures to minimize longline bycatch, such as time-area closures, are still needed.  The answer is most emphatically yes. No Going Back by Ken Hinman July 2018 The first meaningful action taken to reduce bycatch in the U.S. pelagic longline fisheries occurred in the year 2000 –...
  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • February 07, 2013

    Wild Oceans Receives Prestigious Conservation Award for Billfish Work

    Wild Oceans received the International Game Fish Association’s Conservation Award for 2013 at IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida on January 25th. Wild Oceans was recognized for its work in passing The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, according to IGFA president Rob Kramer. Tim Choate, Wild Oceans chair, also received...