Bipartisan Lawmakers Remain Committed to Modernizing the California Drift Gillnet Fishery

Sportfishing industry resumes work to phase out destructive gear in California. On February 8, 2021, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) reintroduced the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act which aims to align state and federal policy to support the modernization of California’s swordfish fishery. The California drift gillnet fishery is the last […]

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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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From the Head

From The Head: The Forage Fish Act


A new bill has been introduced in Congress to help conserve forage fish–what we often call bait fish. Sustainable management of these fisheries has been needed for a long time, and in this From the Head video, Sid Dobrin explains why this is an important bill to support. FISH ON!  

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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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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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Scientists Calling for IGFA to Change Record Practices

A group of scientists led by researchers at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy have published an article in the journal Marine Policy (Vol.50, Part A; Dec. 2014; p. 318-322) calling for the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) to suspend record keeping for at-risk species. According to the article, which […]

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