Senate advances Billfish Conservation Act

Ever eat a marlin steak? We have, but it was in another country (Cayman). This act advances a bill banning billfish imports.

Once long ago we hooked and caught a blue marlin weighing about 400lbs. When me and the guy whose boat I was fishing on (a 16' metal boat) had this beast starboard, and I went to release it, the captain let me know in no uncertain terms that he had absolutely no intention of letting that fish go anywhere. Thoughts of the old man and the sea and a pack of hungry sharks deciding to eat all but the head and spine came to mind, but we ended up with the fish strapped to the side of the small car. A marine 12-pointer so to speak.

Billfish is food in the islands. They've always been food in the islands. I would bet there ain't many billfish released in Cuba or off the coasts of Venezuela these days.

Blue Marlin - Billfish Conservation Act

A few years ago the Senate passed a bill to conserve billfish - and it's being strengthened by a conservative congress.

I thought all those right wingers wanted to destroy the earth while profitting on Halliburton stock. Oh well. The story is here on Boating Industry:

Conservationists and anglers are applauding the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for advancing S. 396, the Billfish Conservation Act. The bill, introduced in February by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), was adopted and reported favorably without amendment during an executive session on May 18.

The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 banned the importation of all billfish caught by foreign fleets into the continental United States and, perhaps most importantly, set an example for other countries to pursue similar conservation efforts once thought impossible. However, questions arose over whether the same prohibitions on foreign-caught billfish imposed by the bill also applied to billfish caught commercially in Hawaii. If commercially caught billfish could be transported from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, it would circumvent the intent of the conservation measure. S. 396 simply clarifies that billfish landed in Hawaii must be retained there.

The Online Fisherman

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