2016 Billfish Symposium

6th Annual Billfish Symposium September 14-17 International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Headquarters 300 Gulf Stream Way Dania Beach, Florida 33004 The 6th International Billfish Symposium (IBS) will be held September 14-17, 2016 at the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) headquarters … Continued

Atlantic HMS Tournament Economics Study

From March 2016 through February 2017, NOAA Fisheries will conduct a web-based survey of Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) tournament operators and participants. The agency will collect data on the costs associated with operating and participating in these events. These … Continued

2016 HMS Tuna-Swordfish Permits

NOAA’s Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Management Division recently announced that the 2016 Atlantic Tunas and Atlantic HMS Permitting System is now operational. NOAA is issuing vessel open access permits to those fishing commercially for Atlantic Tunas and Swordfish, recreationally … Continued

2014 Atlantic Billfish Landings (recreational fisheries)

NOAA Fisheries recently released preliminary estimates of 2014 recreational billfish landings (January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014) for Atlantic blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish. 2013 recreational billfish landings data (final) was also released, for … Continued

NOAA Report on Economic Benefits of Recreational Offshore Fishing

In 2011, as part of the National Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey, the Office of Science and Technology at NOAA Fisheries surveyed recreational anglers about their expenditures associated with fishing for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) from Maine to North … Continued

Hypoxic Zones Could Reduce Habitat for Billfish and Tuna

Billfish and tuna, important commercial and recreational fish species, may be more vulnerable to fishing pressure because of shrinking habitat according to a new study published by scientists from NOAA, the Billfish Foundation, and the University of Miami. An expanding … Continued

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