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May 09, 2011

Rob Kramer, President, International Game Fish Association

There are three levels of protection afforded by CITES, according to the appendix on which the species is listed.
For beginners, I am not a blogger….well, I was not a blogger that is until my good friend Doug Olander gave me the opportunity to weigh-in on Sport Fishing magazine’s blog page.  Being somewhat of a media / communications dinosaur, I do not have cable television or internet in my house, I do not Tweet, and I have no LinkedIn account.  I do have a Facebook account, but I set it up to archive my photos two years ago and have rarely used it since (I apologize to the 58 people who have requested to be friends.  I still consider you frie
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IGFA’s Great Marlin Race (GMR) launched this past week at the 58th Annual International Billfish Tournament of Club Náutico de San Juan in Puerto Rico. With a goal of deploying 50 satellite tags in marlin during  5 separate events in one year around the world, the IGFA GMR got off to a bang with all 10 of the 10 allotted tags for the San Juan event being sponsored before the first day of fishing.
It's the time of year when I receive a barrage of nominations to the IGFA Hall of Fame.  Easily one of the hardest parts of my job is reviewing the heartfelt submissions from all over the world on very worthy candidates with the knowledge that only five individuals will be selected for induction that year.  Each year the IGFA Hall of Fame Nominating committee reviews the cumulative list of submitted candidates and chooses only five for induction.
I just left the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) Saltwater Media Summit in Sarasota Florida yesterday. And my four hour drive back across the state provided me with an opportunity to reflect on some of the discussion that took place during the summit.  For those unfamiliar with TRCP they are a non-profit based in Washington DC with the following mission:
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Another year has gone by and here again I sit in a nearly two-week long meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).  If you have ever picked up a fishing magazine, you have undoubtedly heard of this dysfunctional management body that controls the international harvest of highly migratoryspecies (HMS) of fish within the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.  And as dysfunctional as it is, it is still the only game in town.  Looking around the room at several hundred delegates and observers, I can count the number of recreational fish
As promised in my previous blog, here is an update on the outcomes of this year's International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting held last month in Turkey. I would have provided this update sooner, but since then, I have traveled to Guatemala and China and am only now finally back at the IGFA headquarters.As with the usual trends of ICCAT meetings, there were few successful outcomes - but at this point, we will take what little progress we can get and continue to push year after year. 
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I knew it would happen sooner or later. During my previous visit to South China for a speaking engagement nearly eight years ago, I saw where things were headed. Nearly everywhere I looked, I saw signs of a rapidly developing economy and a population with an increasing disposable income, not an insignificant portion of which was being applied to "western recreation" - including fishing.
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...and this is why satellite tagging will play a critical role in the management of our highly migratory fish species:
While many things in Congress seem stuck, one might hope that the bi-partisan, non-controversial, Billfish Conservation Act would slide through easily. Unfortunately, but probably not surprisingly given this particular Congress, that is not the case. Consequently, the recreational community needs to stand up and let certain key Members of Congress know by phone, letter or in-person that they need to pass this important legislation, and pass it now.