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ASA Outlines Offshore Wind Energy Priorities

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) announced the recreational fishing industry’s position regarding offshore wind energy (OWE) expansion along the Atlantic coast. ASA wants to make sure the industry’s voice is heard when OWE polices and developments are under consideration. The position statement represents a commitment by ASA to engage on OWE projects in the New England and […]

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Z-Man Pledges Support of Essential Marine Research

For the people behind the phenomenal fish-catching baits at Z-Man Fishing Products, taking caring of the fish and their habitat has always been a primary priority. “Over the years, Z-Man chairman Jonathan Zucker and I have both played active roles in fishery projects,” says Z-Man president Daniel Nussbaum. “We’re big fans of fishery scientists and […]

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Sportfishing Industry Mourns the Passing of Industry Giant, Darrell Lowrance

The sportfishing industry extends its sincere condolences to the Lowrance family on the passing of Darrell J. Lowrance, founder of Lowrance Electronics, Inc., who brought early technology to recreational fishing with the invention of the first portable sonar “fish finder” – the Fish-Lo-K-Tor – for the average angler. Darrell served as President and CEO of […]

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President Trump Signs the Modern Fish Act

      The recreational fishing and boating community is celebrating the enactment of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), which was signed into law by President Trump on December 31. The Modern Fish Act finally recognizes in federal law the differences between recreational and commercial saltwater fishing and adds […]

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U.S. Senate Passes Modern Fish Act

On Monday, December 17, 2018, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). The legislation, which would make critical updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, marks a big step forward for America’s angling community and now moves to the U.S. House for final passage. “Today […]

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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Bonefish Genetics Study Reveals Connectivity Across the Caribbean

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, the world leader in saltwater flats conservation, has completed a multi-year Bonefish Genetics Study, the results of which provide scientific evidence that the bonefish population across the Caribbean is closely connected. The study, which launched in 2014, involved the collection of genetic samples from bonefish in multiple locations spanning the region. […]

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WEST MARINE LAUNCHES NEW “FALL FOR FISHING” CONTEST

West Marine, the world’s top boating, fishing and sailing retailer, announced today the launch of its “Fall For Fishing” photo contest, Oct. 1 to Oct. 27. The contest is part of West Marine’s commitment to providing products and services that equip anglers to make the big catch. Participants are encouraged to enter the contest by […]

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Monofilament Recycling Website Gets New Look, Interactive Map

Do you know how or where to recycle your used monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line? How about how to prevent your fishing gear from negatively impacting wildlife and their habitat?   You can learn all of this and more by visiting the newly updated Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Monofilament Recovery and Recycling […]

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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Fishing & Golf Tournament 2017

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About half way down the east coast of the Baja Peninsula, nestled along Danzante Bay and the cerulean waters of the Sea of Cortez, you’ll find the The Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, a luxury resort of the highest-caliber. Its stately rooms and gorgeous grounds make the resort a remarkable family vacation […]

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Recreational Red Snapper Season Extended

Starting this weekend, anglers can take advantage of an addition 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf and Federal waters. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, which announced the federal changes, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which approved extending this additional season to state waters, this Friday, June 16, will […]

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Book Review: The Fish Market

The Fish Market: Inside the Big Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate By Lee Van Der Voo Reviewed by Sid Dobrin Award-winning, freelance journalist Lee Van Der Voo has recently published an eye-opening exposé of the nation’s federally-managed catch shares program. The Fish Market: Inside the Big Money Battle for the Ocean […]

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The Center for Coastal Conservation Releases Vision Report

This month, in collaboration with marine industry partners, the Center for Coastal Conservation published A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for a New Administration. The Vision highlights the top recommendations of the marine recreational fishing community for the incoming Administration and a continuation of our work with the next Congress. The recommendations […]

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Help May Be on the Way for Florida Bay

From the Coastal Conservation Association, Florida Chapter: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has proposed a plan which could bring near-term relief to Florida Bay. The District has applied for permits to make some rather minor changes to existing infrastructure in Miami-Dade County which, when complete, will provide additional clean fresh water to the […]

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Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam Part 2 Tournament Results

Despite some of the roughest conditions since 2012, the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Summer Slam Part 2 turned out to be an incredible event with some some epic fish weighed in. The tournaments recorded the biggest single fish ever weighed in since Extreme began in 2011. A 52.3lb wahoo caught by Carl Slagle from North Carolina. Adrenaline […]

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Help Support Louisiana Strong with Egret Baits

Egret Baits, makers of the incredible Vudu Shrimp, Vudu Mullet, and Mambo Mullet,  have put together a great program to help support victims of the recent Louisiana floods. Egret will donate 100% of all monies earned through the sales of their Louisiana Strong Kit to charities supporting those impacted by the recent floods. The Louisiana […]

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Governor Rick Scott, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Offer License-Free Saltwater Fishing on Saturday, Sept. 3

On Saturday, Sept. 3, Florida residents and visitors will be able to fish in state saltwater fisheries without having to purchase a license. The day is part of eight total license-free fishing days offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) each year. “As summer comes to a close, this license-free fishing day […]

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Obama Announces a Vast Expansion of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument

Today, President Obama announced a vast expansion of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, known as Papahanaumokuakea, out to 200 miles or the limits of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. In 2006, President George W. Bush created the monument with a boundary which extended to 50 miles […]

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Maverick Boat Group Sponsors Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Program

Maverick Boat Group, builders of the Maverick brand of flats skiffs, announced today its sponsorship of a major new research program by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, which seeks to unlock the mysteries of tarpon movement and habitat use, and help ensure conservation of the valuable tarpon fishery. The Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Program is a five-year […]

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