Support a Prohibition on the Sale of Pacific Billfish to the U.S. Mainland!
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking public comment on what restrictions should be imposed on the transportation and sale of billfish caught by United States vessels and landed in Hawaii or the Pacific Insular Area (Guam, Samoa, et al) under the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012.
Fish landed in Hawaii and neighboring islands are exempt from the no-sale provisions of the Act to preserve local traditional fisheries, but allowing these fish to be sold in the mainland market, where foreign imports are now prohibited, would undermine billfish conservation and the Act's intent.
Sign our letter to NMFS supporting strong regulations that prohibit the sale of billfish outside of Hawaii and the Pacific Insular Area!
Wild Oceans, founded in 1973 as the National Coalition for Marine Conservation or NCMC, is dedicated to bringing fishermen and environmentalists together to make sure there will always be plenty of fish in the sea. The non-profit organization's programs emphasize conserving the ocean's top predators - the big billfish, swordfish, tunas and sharks that are the lions and tigers of the sea – while preserving healthy ocean food webs and critical habitats essential to the survival of all fish, marine mammals and seabirds. Learn more at www.wildoceans.org.
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