Congressional Action

In the year leading up to the passage of the Billfish Conservation Act, the IGFA worked in concert with a number of organizations, individuals, and Congressmen to present the case for ending billfish importation in the United States in the US Legislature.


Jun 19, 2012 | Legislative hearing on H.R. 2706, to prohibit the sale of billfish, before the Subcommittee of Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs

IGFA Position Statement

Complete hearing archive


June 29, 2012 | H.R. 2706, the Billfish Conservation Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida and in the Senate by Senator David Vitter of Louisiana.


September 10, 2012 | The Billfish Conservation Act passes in the US House of Representatives.


September 22, 2012  | The Billfish Conservation Act passes in the US Senate.


October 9, 2012 | President Barack Obama signs the Billfish Conservation Act into law.

The Billfish Conservation Act
Read the full text of the bill passed into law on October 5, 2012, effectively banning the importation of billfish into the United States.


Take Marlin Off the Menu
Learn more about the four-year campaign to end US billfish importation, including the research behind the effort.


Congressional Action
Watch review hearings and congressional speeches in support of the Billfish Conservation Act.


Supporters
The support of conservation-minded groups and individuals was integral to the success of the Billfish Conservation Act.