Tag: International Game Fish Association

  • Reps. Dingell and Mast Introduce Forage Fish Conservation Bill Backed by Recreational Fishing and Boating Groups

    Reps. Dingell and Mast Introduce Forage Fish Conservation Bill Backed by Recreational Fishing and Boating Groups

    The recreational fishing and boating community applauds the introduction of the Forage Fish Conservation Act by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Brian Mast (R-Fla.). The legislation and its Senate companion bill (S. 1484) would require federal fisheries managers to account for the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem when catch limits are set on these small but important fish. “The American Sportfishing […]

  • Recreational Fishing and Boating Groups Back Forage Fish Bill to Promote Robust Sportfish Populations

    Recreational Fishing and Boating Groups Back Forage Fish Bill to Promote Robust Sportfish Populations

    Today, the recreational fishing and boating community applauded the introduction of the Forage Fish Conservation Act by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The legislation would require that the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem be accounted for when federal fisheries managers set catch limits on these small but important fish. […]

  • IGFA and Plano Enhance Long-time Partnership

    IGFA and Plano Enhance Long-time Partnership

    Grand Prairie, TX (March 18, 2020) Plano has been a big supporter of the International Game Fish Association almost since the organization’s creation. Since its inception in 1939, the IGFA had been at the forefront of the study of game fishes, promoting and maintaining the highest standards and ethics of sport and recreational angling, data accumulation […]

  • Sportfishing Community Successfully Halts Expanding Longlines on the West Coast

    Sportfishing Community Successfully Halts Expanding Longlines on the West Coast

    Alexandria, Va. – November 22, 2019 – This week, in a win for the sportfishing community, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council voted to not proceed with consideration of an amendment that would authorize shallow-set longline gear in West Coast highly migratory species. “As leaders in conservation, we support sustainable fishing practices in all sectors. Industrial pelagic longlining […]

  • Celebrating Victories When They Come – The Modern Fish Act is Now the Law

    Celebrating Victories When They Come – The Modern Fish Act is Now the Law

    By Mike Leonard, Vice President of Government Affairs As you’ve hopefully heard by now, the Modern Fish Act recently passed both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and was signed into law by the President. Although first introduced in April 2017, the origins of this bill to improve federal saltwater fisheries management go back […]

  • California Modernizes Swordfish Fishery

    California Modernizes Swordfish Fishery

    California to move U.S. swordfish fishery towards more sustainable gear, aided by public-private partnerships Alexandria, VA – September 28, 2018 – California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, SB1017, to end commercial drift gillnet fishing and encourage a transition to innovative, more sustainable fishing gear. His action aligns the California swordfish fishery with modern goals […]

  • Lawmakers Send Governor Brown Bill to End Drift Gillnets

    Lawmakers Send Governor Brown Bill to End Drift Gillnets

    California bill will enhance marine biodiversity and foster use of innovative fishing gear Alexandria, VA – September 4, 2018 – The California legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to end commercial drift gillnet fishing and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. Senate Bill (SB) 1017 phases out the use […]

  • Senators Step-Up To Bring California Swordfish Fishing Into the 21st Century

    Senators Step-Up To Bring California Swordfish Fishing Into the 21st Century

    New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear Alexandria, VA – May 1, 2018 – Leading recreational fishing organizations applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for introducing S. 2773, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, to phase out the use of mile-long […]