NCMC RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS CONSERVATION AWARD FOR BILLFISH WORK

The National Coalition for Marine Conservation (NCMC) will receive the International Game Fish Association's Conservation Award for 2013 at IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida on January 25th.

NCMC is being recognized for its work in passing The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, according to IGFA president Rob Kramer. Tim Choate, NCMC chair, will also receive an individual award for his contribution to helping make the Billfish Act law, as will Senator David Vitter (LA) and Rep. Jeff Miller (FL), the bill's sponsors in the Senate and House respectively.

The Billfish Conservation Act, signed by President Obama in October, outlaws the commercial sale of marlin and other billfish in the United States outside Hawaii and the Pacific territories, effectively ending the importation and sale of an estimated 30,000 marlin a year in the continental U.S.

"We appreciate the honor and the recognition of all the hard work that went into making The Billfish Conservation Act a reality," said NCMC president Ken Hinman, who will accept the award for the organization at the upcoming ceremony. "It was a team effort, and we happily share this award with all those who worked alongside us, especially the IGFA, for three long years."

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