Register your Support for a Ban on All Billfish Sales on the U.S. Mainland!

Register your Support for a Ban on All Billfish Sales on the U.S. Mainland!


The Billfish Conservation Act was passed by Congress in 2012 to end the sale of all billfish, including as many as 30,000 foreign-caught marlin imported into the United States every year, with a limited exemption from the no-sale provision for "traditional fisheries and markets" in Hawaii and neighboring U.S. territories.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is drawing up an implementation plan to enforce the BCA and the deadline for public comment is July 3, 2013. The agency is seeking comments on the scope of the "Hawaii exemption," specifically what restrictions should be placed on the sale of these island-caught fish.

Wild Oceans needs your help now to make sure NMFS implements the new law to prohibit any marlin or other billfish, including those caught under the island exemption, from being sold on the U.S. mainland. The Act clearly intends these fish for traditional local sale and consumption only. Allowing them to be sold in the mainland market, where foreign imports are now prohibited, would undermine the conservation benefits of the BCA and could invite legal challenge under international trade rules. Sign our letter to NMFS supporting strong regulations that prohibit the sale of billfish outside of Hawaii and the Pacific island territories!

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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Leesburg, VA 20175

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