IGFA Hosts Meeting for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Tournament Directors

On September 25th, IGFA hosted a meeting to discuss reporting requirements for Atlantic tournaments that fish for highly migratory species (HMS) such as billfish, tuna and sharks.  In attendance were tournament directors from a number of premier fishing tournaments and staff from the HMS branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service and IGFA.

The objective of the meeting was to establish dialogue between NMFS staff and tournament directors regarding reporting requirements for Atlantic HMS tournaments.  NMFS staff gave presentations on recreational HMS regulations, HMS reporting requirements, and the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Policy, as well as how to distinguish between white marlin and roundscale spearfish. 

The half day meeting was very productive and allowed for constructive discourse between IGFA, NMFS staff and tournament directors.  Meetings like these where stakeholders and fisheries managers can easily share information facilitate better and more productive management.  Copies of the presentations given by NMFS staff are available on the IGFA website. 

To view the full meeting presentation, please click here.

To view the NOAA Fisheries Service presentation on Roundscale Spearfish Identification, please click here.