A bill to prohibit the sale of billfish. Read More


This bill was introduced on Jul 29, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.


Date Introduced
Jul 29, 2011


Bill Text


To prohibit the sale of billfish.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Billfish Conservation Act of 2011''.


Congress finds the following: (1) Billfish populations are severely depleted and in need of greater protection. (2) Billfish population declines are largely attributable to overfishing by non-United States commercial fishing fleets that harvest billfish as bycatch while targeting other species. (3) Commercial fisheries in the United States do not target billfish. (4) The current United States prohibition on the commercial harvest and sale of billfish is limited to Atlantic-caught fish. (5) There are no existing conservation measures that prohibit the importation of Pacific-caught billfish. (6) Billfish account for less than 0.1 percent of the market value of United States seafood. (7) The United States seafood market is highly elastic and consumers have a large number of sustainable seafood alternatives. (8) Catch and release recreational angling for billfish generates billions of dollars in economic benefits to the United States economy each year. (9) Prohibiting the sale of Pacific-caught billfish in the continental United States will assist in the recovery of billfish populations worldwide.


The Congress enacts this Act pursuant to clause 3 of section 8 of article I of the Constitution.


(a) Prohibition.--No person shall offer for sale, sell, or have custody, control, or possession...

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Send a message to your Members of Congress urging them to support the Billfish Conservation Act of 2011. The Situation Marlin, sailfish and spearfish, collectively called billfish, are highly esteemed by recreational anglers who practice catch-and-release fishing for these iconic fish while generating substantial income to the economy. Unfortunately, as a result of commercial overfishing, primarily by foreign countries, stocks of these magnificent big ocean fish are greatly depleted in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is currently illegal to harvest or import Atlantic-caught billfish into the U.S., but fish caught in the Pacific Ocean flood into U.S. markets in substantial numbers, threatening the survival of these fisheries. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2011 (S. 1451 and H.R. 2706), introduced into Congress on July 29, would close U.S. commercial markets to Pacific billfish, preventing their harvest and 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. 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. In short, this important bipartisan legislation will help restore billfish populations and improve recreational fishing opportunities while concurrently creating jobs and other economic benefits. Take Action In order to ensure this important bill is passed, KeepAmericaFishing™ needs your help! Send a message to your Members of Congress today asking them to support the Billfish Conservation Act of 2011. Thank you for taking the time to help conserve our nation's invaluable fisheries resources for generations to come.

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Bill Summary

A bill to prohibit the sale of billfish.

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