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  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer
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  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer

  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer

  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer

  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer

  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer
  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer
    April 17, 2018/in AdvocacyFeaturedNews

    The Billfish Foundation objects to the goal of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to revitalize the pelagic longline (PLL) fishery.  Instead, TBF is calling for options that continue to reduce marlin and bluefin bycatch in the PLL fishery, as well as options that revitalize the recreational billfish fishery.

    NMFS’ preferential treatment of the pelagic longline fishery comes at the expense of marlin, the recreational billfish fishery, and bluefin tuna. For one, aiming to reduce the regulatory burden on the PLL fishery while striving to reduce bycatch of Atlantic bluefin tuna are contradictory objectives. The severely overfished Atlantic bluefin tuna, along with white marlin and blue marlin, are in need of further reductions in fishing pressure from PLL gear, not increases.

    It seemed that the 2006 NMFS Consolidated HMS plan was created to provide a more comprehensive approach to these fish that interact with both commercial fishing gear and recreational gear. However, the options proposed in NMFS’ Scoping Document primarily focus on stimulating the U.S. PLL fishery, a fishery that is partly responsible for driving marlin and bluefin tuna to an overfished status. Revitalizing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery will be at the further expense of marlin and bluefin tuna.

    While one measure, the implementation of the required use of weak hooks by pelagic longline vessels in the Gulf of Mexico was for the benefit of bluefin tuna, it resulted in an increase of white marlin bycatch. And although a listing under the Endangered Species Act was decided to be unwarranted for white marlin in 2002, the report stated that unless the mortality of the species was reduced significantly and quickly, the species abundance could continue on a downward trend until an ESA listing was indeed warranted.

    Two measures were included in the Consolidated HMS plan that NMFS thought would benefit Atlantic marlin. One requires all anglers fishing in tournaments with a billfish category to use non-offset circle hooks when using natural bait. The other was the implementation of an agreed upon international landing cap of 250 marlin (blue and white combined) for the U.S. recreational billfish fishery. The agency summed up the inclusion of these two measures as “providing a balance between conserving living resources and maintaining a robust recreational fishery.” This declaration of robustness in the recreational fishery, when in fact Atlantic marlin were severely overfished, makes it clear that the agency’s goal will never be to reinvigorate the recreational billfish fishery.

    The current Scoping Document provides options that do not further fish conservation or stock recovery. For example, options directed at the Northeastern Pelagic Longline Closed Area (closed 1 month a year for a duration of 20 years), the Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Areas (prohibited for 1 month a year for a duration of 17 years), and the Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area (restricted 5 months a year for a duration of 17 years, with modifications to include vessel performance metrics) would benefit the pelagic longline fishery. Authorizing longline vessel access based on “performance metrics” would do little to keep fishing pressure reduced. Authorizing bycatch “triggers” without an observer on each vessel would likely contribute to high grading, whereby part of the catch is discarded in favor of more valuable fish. Mandatory observers on each vessel would be essential for triggers to be effective. Regardless, both approaches would increase interaction with marlin and bluefin tuna.

    At a minimum, the “No Action” option should be taken, maintaining current closures and restricted areas. Increasing “spatial and temporal parameters” to capture current interaction with bluefin and marlin would achieve greater conservation, as would expansion of the use of buoy gear in lieu of longline gear.

    To continue the recovery of Atlantic marlin and bluefin tuna stocks, further restrictions on the U.S. pelagic longline fishery are needed. A plan to reinvigorate the U.S. recreational billfish fishery could return greater conservation and economic benefits. The recreational fishery and associated marine industry contribute significantly to the U.S. economy and generate hundreds of thousands of jobs. Alternatively, if the pelagic longline fishery is the focus of NMFS’ reinvigoration plan, increased pressure from the gear will lead to declining stocks and losses in the industry and the economy.

    Submit your comments to NMFS in opposition of bolstering the U.S. pelagic longline fishery by May 1.

    For your convenience, below is a statement that may be used in the comments section. Simply copy and paste where the form says “Comment.”

    Dear NMFS,

    As an angler, I am opposed to plans to revitalize the U.S. Atlantic pelagic longline fishery. This goal comes at the expense of bluefin tuna, marlin, and the recreational fishing industry, which generates hundreds of thousands of jobs and contributes billions to the economy. Many of the options put forth in the Scoping Document do not further fish conservation or stock recovery. 

    I ask the National Marine Fisheries Service to, instead of bolstering the fishery responsible for closures and gear restrictions, take action to bolster bluefin tuna and marlin fish stocks. At a minimum, the “no action” option should be taken to maintain current closures and restricted areas. Please consider management options that achieve the greatest conservation benefits for our national marine resources.

    Thank you,

    Your Name

  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer
    April 17, 2018/in AdvocacyFeaturedNews

    The Billfish Foundation objects to the goal of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to revitalize the pelagic longline (PLL) fishery.  Instead, TBF is calling for options that continue to reduce marlin and bluefin bycatch in the PLL fishery, as well as options that revitalize the recreational billfish fishery.

    NMFS’ preferential treatment of the pelagic longline fishery comes at the expense of marlin, the recreational billfish fishery, and bluefin tuna. For one, aiming to reduce the regulatory burden on the PLL fishery while striving to reduce bycatch of Atlantic bluefin tuna are contradictory objectives. The severely overfished Atlantic bluefin tuna, along with white marlin and blue marlin, are in need of further reductions in fishing pressure from PLL gear, not increases.

    It seemed that the 2006 NMFS Consolidated HMS plan was created to provide a more comprehensive approach to these fish that interact with both commercial fishing gear and recreational gear. However, the options proposed in NMFS’ Scoping Document primarily focus on stimulating the U.S. PLL fishery, a fishery that is partly responsible for driving marlin and bluefin tuna to an overfished status. Revitalizing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery will be at the further expense of marlin and bluefin tuna.

    While one measure, the implementation of the required use of weak hooks by pelagic longline vessels in the Gulf of Mexico was for the benefit of bluefin tuna, it resulted in an increase of white marlin bycatch. And although a listing under the Endangered Species Act was decided to be unwarranted for white marlin in 2002, the report stated that unless the mortality of the species was reduced significantly and quickly, the species abundance could continue on a downward trend until an ESA listing was indeed warranted.

    Two measures were included in the Consolidated HMS plan that NMFS thought would benefit Atlantic marlin. One requires all anglers fishing in tournaments with a billfish category to use non-offset circle hooks when using natural bait. The other was the implementation of an agreed upon international landing cap of 250 marlin (blue and white combined) for the U.S. recreational billfish fishery. The agency summed up the inclusion of these two measures as “providing a balance between conserving living resources and maintaining a robust recreational fishery.” This declaration of robustness in the recreational fishery, when in fact Atlantic marlin were severely overfished, makes it clear that the agency’s goal will never be to reinvigorate the recreational billfish fishery.

    The current Scoping Document provides options that do not further fish conservation or stock recovery. For example, options directed at the Northeastern Pelagic Longline Closed Area (closed 1 month a year for a duration of 20 years), the Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Areas (prohibited for 1 month a year for a duration of 17 years), and the Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area (restricted 5 months a year for a duration of 17 years, with modifications to include vessel performance metrics) would benefit the pelagic longline fishery. Authorizing longline vessel access based on “performance metrics” would do little to keep fishing pressure reduced. Authorizing bycatch “triggers” without an observer on each vessel would likely contribute to high grading, whereby part of the catch is discarded in favor of more valuable fish. Mandatory observers on each vessel would be essential for triggers to be effective. Regardless, both approaches would increase interaction with marlin and bluefin tuna.

    At a minimum, the “No Action” option should be taken, maintaining current closures and restricted areas. Increasing “spatial and temporal parameters” to capture current interaction with bluefin and marlin would achieve greater conservation, as would expansion of the use of buoy gear in lieu of longline gear.

    To continue the recovery of Atlantic marlin and bluefin tuna stocks, further restrictions on the U.S. pelagic longline fishery are needed. A plan to reinvigorate the U.S. recreational billfish fishery could return greater conservation and economic benefits. The recreational fishery and associated marine industry contribute significantly to the U.S. economy and generate hundreds of thousands of jobs. Alternatively, if the pelagic longline fishery is the focus of NMFS’ reinvigoration plan, increased pressure from the gear will lead to declining stocks and losses in the industry and the economy.

    Submit your comments to NMFS in opposition of bolstering the U.S. pelagic longline fishery by May 1.

    For your convenience, below is a statement that may be used in the comments section. Simply copy and paste where the form says “Comment.”

    Dear NMFS,

    As an angler, I am opposed to plans to revitalize the U.S. Atlantic pelagic longline fishery. This goal comes at the expense of bluefin tuna, marlin, and the recreational fishing industry, which generates hundreds of thousands of jobs and contributes billions to the economy. Many of the options put forth in the Scoping Document do not further fish conservation or stock recovery. 

    I ask the National Marine Fisheries Service to, instead of bolstering the fishery responsible for closures and gear restrictions, take action to bolster bluefin tuna and marlin fish stocks. At a minimum, the “no action” option should be taken to maintain current closures and restricted areas. Please consider management options that achieve the greatest conservation benefits for our national marine resources.

    Thank you,

    Your Name

  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 522 Officer
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    Flew into Golfito , where Melvin had brought the boat down to Fish Hook Marina from Quepos . Went over and refueled and checked out of CR so that we could leave for Panama early the next day . Saw a CG cutter docked , and a few CR Coast Guard boats . Look at how they left it at end of ramp in pics . 

    We left early the next day and headed into Panama , decided to troll the edge headed towards Coiba/Montuosa/Hannibal bank area . Picked up a few fish . Got a blue , a sail , and a peanut mahi which I tagged and sent him on his way . Hannibal had a few boats sitting there , but no action . We did have a very large black (over 500 ) come greyhounding through our spread toward the boat , unaware of our lures . Guess she was just happy . 

    Headed into Cebaco Bay , to meet up with the mother ship . Pretty cool operation , sitting in a bay similar to TSL . The mother ship was a converted oil rig supply boat , which barely seemed to move , even though both Vikings tied alongside were getting tossed around pretty good . Probably helped that they had just taken on 18k gallons of fuel . lol

    Day 2 
    Headed back toward Hannibal area , no tuna , but did pick up a nice mahi . Had a filter issue so headed back to mothership , we had some sent from PC which we got a day or so later . Had good intel , but didn't get a chance to use it ( Thanks again Shane ) 

    Day 3 
    We went on one of their Bertram's to fish Aguja reef . Looking for a black , could only scare up one bonita though . Forgot to mention that it was raining pretty much everyday on us , was pouring pretty good when a decent size black mouthed the bonita , but no joy . Tried for a little bit longer , then went and threw poppers at the rocks . Caught jacks etc .

    Day 4 
    Went out on one of their center consoles to throw jigs and poppers . Didn't get into any roosters , or Cuberas though . We did catch plenty of mangroves and a few Red Snappers lol . I didn't know they were down there , thought they were extinct or something lol 

    Refueled boat from mothership , for trip back to CR 

    Day 5 
    Up early and headed back to Golfito , started fishing in Montuosa area on our way back . 1/1 on a Blue , and a couple mahi . Headed into Golfito , refueled and checked back in . Then just took it easy with plans to hit the Golfito FAD's first and work our way back to Quepos hitting all of the others along the way . 

    We also dropped one of our buddies off to head back home , and picked up one of Mikey's friends who flew in to finish the last of the trip .

    Day 6 
    Headed out early to the 40 mile FAD out of Golfito , but nothing going on ( no top on FAD ) . So we trolled toward Cerveza (156) missing a shot at a blue along the way . We stopped trolling before dark , and continued to slow boat toward Cerveza through the night . Was really cool taking my turn running through the night passing freighters , keeping an eye on the radar and FLIR . 

    Day 7 
    We started early at the 156 , but no action . So we trolled toward Imperial (132) which gave us a little action . Had a double of blues , but one came off . Also had a problem with air in the Racor's , so we trolled our way in . Also got Matty (the new guy ) his first mahi , that came off at the gaff . He was a little upset about not getting it in the boat , but was still a legal release . It was a solid 50lb fish , and he felt a little better when we told him that it was a personal best for most people , and he got it first shot . We also got him his first blue as well . He was pretty stoked . I was hoping for a sail in the spread to complete my slam , unfortunately didn't get one .

    Ended up 3/6 blues 
    2/2 stripeys ( double)
    couple of mahi 

    Made it back into Pez Vela around 1AM

    Wish we didn't have to cut it short like that , if we had made it to Silver , we could have trolled our way over most of the other FAD's on our way in . Going to replace everything from the filters back , it's probably something simple . Will be going back the end of this month , can't wait .
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