Marlin and sailfish --- collectively called “billfish” --- are not only majestic sport fish; they are slow-growing, top-level predators whose populations cannot be sustained with commercial harvest.
In the United States, harvest and import of Atlantic-caught billfish is illegal. But, incredibly, fish caught in the Pacific Ocean flood into U.S. markets legally, further contributing to the depletion of these stocks.
The Billfish Conservation Act (S. 1451 and H.R. 2706) would close U.S. commercial markets to Pacific billfish, preventing both their harvest and their importation.
“It would have a negligible impact on the commercial fishing industry in the U.S., since billfish represent only 0.1 percent of all seafood sales and there are many sustainable alternatives,” says Keep America Fishing (KAF).
“The subsequent increase in billfish abundance will add value to the recreational fishery, which annually generates billions of dollars to the economy and has a minimal impact on billfish populations.”
Go here to learn more and help protect some of the most important --- and threatened --- fish in our oceans.
And while you are at the KAF site, check out all of the other issues of concern to anglers. And make your voice heard!