The success of the Billfish Conservation Act was the result of strong support from the recreational fishing and environmental communities, as well as conservation-minded individuals. For their vision and dedication to this effort, the IGFA honored US Senator David Vitter, US Representative Jeff Miller, the National Coalition for Marine Conservation (now Wild Oceans), and Tim Choate with the prestigious IGFA Conservation Award.

The passage of the Billfish Conservation Act was also made possible by groups like the American Sportfishing Association, the Center for Coastal Conservation, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Keep America Fishing, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, OCEARCH and numerous partners in the environmental community.

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.

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