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End Bycatch of Breeding Bluefin

Tell NMFS Its “Weak Hook” Rule Isn’t Enough

ICCAT Outcome "Predictable"

Bluefin Quotas Go Down Slightly; Marlin and Swordfish Agreements Extended; Sharks and Turtles Get New Protections

Sportfishing Industry Commends America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

Sportfishing community supports the Administrations’ efforts to conserve, restore and provide better access to our nation’s open spaces for Americans of all ages

Negotiations with Canada Set Stage for Significant Increase in U.S. Yellowtail Flounder Quota on Georges Bank

Legislation recently signed by President Obama has paved the way for NOAA to move ahead to increase the Georges Bank yellowtail flounder quota for U.S. commercial fishermen in 2011. The quota will be increased to 2.5 million pounds, an 18 percent increase over 2010 levels and a 44 percent increase over the quota that fishermen originally expected to receive for the 2011 fishing year.

NOAA Will Work With Six Identified Nations to Address Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

1/12/2011 - NOAA today submitted a report to Congress identifying six nations – Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Panama, Portugal, and Venezuela – whose fishing vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in 2009 and/or 2010. This opens the way for continued consultations between the U.S. government and each of the nations to encourage them to take action to stop IUU fishing by their vessels.

Catch Share Activists Meet Heavy Resistance

February 16, 2011 - Earlier today, the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) issued a press release blasting Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) activists for erroneously claiming to represent U.S. fishing interests today on Capitol Hill. RFA has since learned that members of the EDF delegation have been shameless in their anti-fishing rhetoric with legislators, putting out false information to members of Congress in hoping to sell their Catch Share manifesto.

RFA Says Environmental Defense is On the Offensive

February 16, 2011 - This week, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) activists are visiting the offices of federal legislators claiming erroneously to represent the interests of U.S. fishing communities while selling their plan to privatize our nation's public resources in the name of conservation. According its sources, the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) said EDF campaigners have been arriving in DC by plane the last few days to promote their 'Catch Share' manifesto with Members of Congress in an effort to limit overall public access to coastal fisheries.

Obama Signs Shark Conservation Act Into Law

1/5/11 On January 4th, President Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act into law, significantly strengthening shark conservation both nationally and internationally. The Act, which was first introduced in the House by Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) and later in the Senate by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), passed both Houses of Congress on December 21st during the lame duck session.

Take Me Fishing™ Launches New Mobile Website for Boaters and Anglers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (February 15, 2011) – This week, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) will officially unveil the Take Me Fishing™ campaign’s brand new, fully integrated mobile website at the Miami International Boat Show being held February 17 – 20, 2011 in Miami, Fl. and at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo being held February 18 – 20, 2011 in New Orleans, La.

CCA North Carolina Seeks End to Trawling

PINE KNOLLS SHORES, NC – In response to a rash of massive striped bass kills along the coast, CCA North Carolina will request the NC Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) to eliminate trawling of any kind as a permissible fishing gear for striped bass. The incidents, photographed and videotaped by recreational anglers in the area, were the result of commercial trawling operations in state waters and have prompted outrage up and down the East Coast. CCA North Carolina will request decisive action at the MFC meeting in Pine Knolls, Feb. 10-11.