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August 26, 2011

Guy Harvey joins effort to take marlin off the menu

Scientific evidence has shown that the current consumer demand for marlin and other billfish has passed sustainable levels

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) has joined forces with the International Game Fish Association and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation in support of the Billfish Conservation Act of 2011 - essentially taking billfish such as Marlin off the menus in the continental U.S as a seafood option.

It is currently illegal to harvest or import Atlantic-caught billfish into the U.S., however, fish caught in the Pacific Ocean continue to flood into U.S. markets in substantial numbers, threatening the survival of these fisheries.

Scientific evidence has shown that the current consumer demand for marlin and other billfish has passed sustainable levels, and worldwide marlin populations are being decimated by commercial overfishing.

Marlin, considered to be the pinnacle of offshore gamefishing due to the size, power and relative rareness has made its way onto dinner plates and seafood markets around the world.  The U.S. is the world's biggest importer of billfish, which has been designated by Greenpeace International to its seafood Red List-a list sold into markets that have a very high risk of being sourced from unsustainable fisheries.

The Billfish Conservation Act of 2011 (S. 1451 and H.R. 2706), introduced into Congress on July 29th of this year, would close U.S. commercial markets to Pacific billfish, preventing their sale and importation (excluding Hawaii and the Pacific Insular Island Area).

For more information on the Billfish Conservation Act of 2011, go to
http://www.igfa.org/Conserve/MARLIN-OFF-THE-MENU.aspx