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Sjon A. Harless with her catch
By the Fish Fabulous Costa Rica staff

The 2012 top female saltwater angler has done it again.  Sjon A. Harless appears to have captured the world record for landing a catch on a 60-kilogram (130-pound) line. She landed a 27.98-kilogram (61-pound, 11-ounce) Pacific cubera snapper (Lutjanus novemfasciatus) off Flamingo June 30.

Ms. Harless was slow trolling live bait and needed 10 minutes to boat the fish, the International Gamefish Association said, adding that the existing record was 25.85 kilograms or 57 pounds on that type of fishing line. Ms. Harless also was the association's 2012 female saltwater angler of the year because of other records that she holds. She was fishing with Capt. Luis Ruiz, the association said.

Ms. Sjon’s Costa Rica sport fishing has resulted in the most female world record catches in the world for 2011, according to a release from the association. She accrued an impressive six world records in her home waters surrounding the Gulf of Papagayo in northwestern Costa Rica, it said.

Beyond the obvious impressive nature of Ms. Sjon’s accomplishment is that she did all of her fishing out of one location in a handful of fishing days, the association said. Normally, these award winners traverse the globe on an annual basis chasing various species in both fresh and saltwater, fishing up to 200 days a year to accrue enough records to qualify, the association added, noting that Ms. Sjon made all of hers in just 15 days of fishing during 2011.

Fishing off northern Costa Rica provides some of the best in the world for both variety of species including four different species of billfish, roosterfish and mahi-mahi.
—Aug. 15, 2012

Golfito hosts tournament in April

Special to Fish Fabulous Costa Rica

The Presidential Challenge sport fishing competition plans a three-day tournament where anglers seek out game fish with a base in Golfito.

The dates are from April 24 to 27 with Hotel Casa Roland Marina Resort being the headquarters.  Boating action will be at two nearby marinas, Fish Hook and Banana Bay, said the Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation, Inc.

This is the first time in 18 years, that the tournament will be based in Golfito, an announcement said. The former banana port is on the Gulfo Dulce in the southern Pacific section of the country.

The event is not for the weekend angler.  The entry fee is $5,000 a team, which can be from two to four persons. The three most successful teams win cash prizes, according to the tournament format.

Proceeds from the Presidential Challenge Events will benefit The Billfish Foundation's Central American and Caribbean conservation projects as well as the Adopt-A-Billfish Satellite Tagging Program and the International Game Fish Association, the foundation said.

The tournament is likely to give a tourism boost to the area.

The Golfito tournament is followed by the Presidential Papagayo Cup June 5 to 8 from Marina Papagayo in northern Costa Rica. Both are part of a series of sport fishing tournaments.
— Oct. 3, 2013

Final U.S. ban on game fish
due soon, proponents report

Special to Fish Fabulous Costa Rica

When the Billfish Conservation Act was signed into U.S. law nearly a year ago, conservationists worldwide expected that the globe’s largest market for imported marlin, sailfish, and spearfish would soon be closed.

Although the challenge of getting a bill passed through the legislative process was won, there is still work to be done to make sure the measure will be properly enacted, said the International Game Fish Association.

The association and the organization Wild Oceans met last week with Fisheries senior fisheries staff members to discuss progress on implementing the new law. Both organizations reported that they learned that a complete ban on the sale of billfish in the mainland United States is nearing reality.

The Billfish Conservation Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama Oct. 5, 2012, prohibits the sale of all marlin, sailfish, and spearfish in the continental United States and effectively eliminates an estimated 30,000 billfish being imported each year from foreign countries, the organizations said.  In April the fisheries section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a proposed rule and sought comments.  Of particular concern is whether or not billfish harvested in Hawaii and nearby U.S. territories under an exemption for traditional Pacific island fisheries may be shipped to the mainland, said the two organizations.

When the International Game Fish Association and Wild Oceans, through a joint Take Marlin Off the Menu campaign, promoted the creation of the Act in 2011, the intent was to completely close the mainland to importation and sale of all billfish, thus ending a sizable foreign market, while still allowing the traditional local consumption of billfish in the Hawaiian Islands, they said.  After the act was signed into law, both groups immediately began working with legal and trade experts to emphasize the law’s intent to federal officials, they said.  Both organizations have said they have submitted detailed comments on the proposed rules

The organization's position is that the act was intended as a mechanism to conserve imperiled billfish and not to replace foreign origin billfish in the mainland United States with fish caught under the domestic exemption. Allowing billfish harvested in Hawaii to be shipped and sold to the mainland, where imports are prohibited, would violate international trade law, they noted.

So far the federal fisheries officials are interpreting the law as a complete prohibition on possession and sale of billfish covered by the Act in the continental United States and will continue to do so until it issues a final rule, said the organizations.  A federal enforcement order that existing billfish product on the mainland be destroyed or donated to charity.

Federal fisheries officials said they intend to issue a proposed rule by the end of this year or early 2014, the organizations reported.
— Oct. 31, 2013

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