A quick background: the bill was introduced in both the Senate and the House with bi-partisan support. Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party members all have provided enthusiastic endorsements. The bill (S. 1451 and HR 2706) bans the sale of billfish in the U.S. to cut off the imports coming in from places like Costa Rica, Ecuador and other Central and South American countries. Believe it or not, the United States is the number one importer of billfish products in the world! Although legal to import Pacific caught billfish into the United States, many Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico caught billfish are getting intermingled with the Pacific catch and shipped to the US. This undermines recreational billfishing efforts everywhere. It also undermines the jobs and financial benefits we receive here in America from: the sale and service of boats, the sale of tackle and other equipment for boats, the crews who operate boats, the shore-based service providers for the fishing industry, and more. There is currently no real opposition to the bill. But, we need to light more of a fire under some feet because it has not had a hearing yet in either the House or Senate, and it is getting late in the calendar.