The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race from VIRginia International Raceway airs on FOX Sports 1 this Sunday, Sept. 6 at 11 am ET. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it!
The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race from VIRginia International Raceway airs on FOX Sports 1 this Sunday, Sept. 6 at 11 am ET. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it!
Given their popularity with sportfish anglers worldwide, you would think much more would be known about the biology of billfish (marlin, sailfish, and spearfish), however that is not the case. For example, the number of populations of most species in a particular ocean is unknown, and there is not a clear idea of the amount of mixing between populations. This not only makes management difficult but is a major roadblock to understanding how billfish populations interact with one another and with geographically different groups of anglers. Angler and scientist efforts, such as tagging of billfish species, have revealed a great deal of information on billfish movements and growth rates, but there are additional ways in which anglers can help improve our understanding of billfish populations.
The Billfish Foundation continually looks to collaborate with research institutions to learn more about billfish. TBF is currently working with PhD candidate, Nadya Mamoozadeh, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Gloucester Point, Virginia, USA), whose research is based on understanding the population structure of billfish. Her focus is on two species, white marlin (Kajikia albida) in the Atlantic Ocean, and striped marlin (K. audax) in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Nadya’s research calls for tissue samples of white marlin and striped marlin from throughout their distributional ranges, with special emphasis on samples from spawning grounds. Inferences from the genetic results compared with those from tagging data help get a comprehensive picture of population structure and can improve conservation measures and management of these species. Collectively this information is also important for understanding which billfish populations are accessed by a particular fishery in a given space and time and can help prevent unintentional overfishing of one population compared to another.
This is where TBF’s global network of hundreds of thousands of anglers, captains, and mates comes in to the picture. The sampling process is easy: cut a small piece of the fin from a hooked fish, then the fin clip is put in a tube of preservative and held until the end of the season, at which point the sample tubes are shipped back to Nadya, free of charge. Collecting a sample for genetic analysis can easily be done alongside tagging. If participating in this research project is of interest to you, let Nayda (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Chaibongsai (email@example.com) know and we will be glad to get a sampling kit your way.
Alton Va. (22 August 2015) – It was another big victory at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday as Rum Bum Racing delivered the team’s third win of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season and 18th overall win since the team’s 2010 debut.
The result sees Rum Bum Racing improve in its championship fight with the team sitting just 10 points out of the championship lead with two races remaining on the 2015 calendar.
The victory didn’t come easily for brothers Matt and Hugh Plumb who drove without power steering after an issue emerged toward the end of Hugh’s first stint under the brutal warm Virginia weather conditions, but the duo persevered. Under the direction of Crew Chief Joe Varde, who called a perfect strategy that saw the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche leapfrog from fifth to the race lead when all of the other GS contenders ran short on fuel, the team came out on top.
“I think the stars aligned for us today and thankfully so, my mother was in attendance for her birthday and it was my wife and my 17th anniversary!” said Matt Plumb from Victory Lane. “Once the power steering issue occurred, I think the strategy changed to one of conservation. There is no one in the business better than Joe Varde and the Rum Bum gang to rethink a plan once a curveball is thrown. True to form, they played it right, and all I had to do was hang on to the car!”
Hugh Plumb opened from fourth on the grid and Varde called for an early pit stop under caution with about 30 minutes completed and the team pitted the car for fuel and tires.
He returned to the track and ran as high as second before pitting for a full service stop under the race’s third full course caution with about an hour and 12 minutes yet to run.
Matt Plumb immediately went into fuel saving mode as Varde called for a strategy that would see the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche save fuel and not make a late-race splash for fuel. That strategy call worked out perfectly as the race came to a close.
A full course caution was displayed shortly after the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche took the point and the race finished under caution. The Rum Bum machine led the two laps that mattered most and Matt Plumb took the checkered flag first in line.
“It was a bit grueling because the amount of force needed to work the wheel was a bit overwhelming for a while,” said Hugh Plumb. “It is just unbelievable and honestly these are the kinds of victories that make this team great. Winning when things are going right is one thing, but winning when everything goes wrong, that’s what separates the Rum Bum guys from the rest. Luis Bacardi knew what he was doing when he assembled this bunch!”
Rum Bum Racing now heads to Circuit of the Americas on September 16-18 for the penultimate round of the championship just 10 points out of the championship lead.
– Second consecutive and third win of the season for Rum Bum Racing
– Rum Bum Racing improves in the championship hunt, now just 10 points out of the lead
– Plumb brothers three-for-three at VIR, every race at VIR they’ve run together the brothers have won
– Matt Plumb builds on his record as the winningest driver with 22 victories in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
– Today is Matt Plumb’s 17th wedding anniversary and the Plumbs’ mother’s birthday
– With the win, Rum Bum Racing has stood on the podium in half of the races they’ve entered (62 starts, 31 podiums)
– The win is Rum Bum Racing’s 18th overall win in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Catch the VIR race on Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 AM ET on FOX Sports 1.
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Alton, Va. (21 August 2015) – Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing will start from the second row of the grid at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday which marks Round 8 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship. Hugh Plumb took the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche to a fast lap of 1:58.582-seconds around the 3.27-mile Virginia road course to a fourth place starting position.
The qualifying effort marks Rum Bum Racing’s seventh start this year among the first two rows of the grid.
Hugh Plumb will open the 2.5-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race before turning the No. 13 Porsche over to his brother and co-driver Matt Plumb who will take the car to the finish. The previous two times the Plumb brothers have teamed together at VIR, the pair has driven to victory lane.
Fresh off of winning at Road America two weeks ago and gaining ground in the championship hunt, the Rum Bum squad is looking for a repeat performance at VIR on Saturday.
“Thanks to the Rum Bum guys here they did a great job preparing the car and we have a good car for long distance,” said Hugh Plumb. “For one lap we’re not the quickest car in the field, and I’m okay with that. I know we’ll bring it to them tomorrow both on the race track and in pit lane. We’ll do what Rum Bum does best, which is go to the front and stay there.”
The 2.5-hour race is set to go green at 1:25 PM ET and will be streamed LIVE on imsa.com and on the IMSA app. Follow @RumBumRacing on Twitter for updates throughout the race!
Orlando, Fla. (17 August 2015) – As the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge enters the final three races of the 2015 Championship, Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing is targeting a third IMSA title. The Orlando-based squad currently sits second in the championship standings – 15 points back – and travels to Round 8 at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend carrying winning momentum.
Two weeks ago, Rum Bum Racing scored a dramatic and record-setting win at Road America when drivers Matt Plumb and Hugh Plumb combined to lead 37 laps in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche en route to the victory.
The result was Rum Bum Racing’s second victory and fourth podium result of the year. The victory not only bolstered the championship situation, but it also marked a new record as Matt Plumb became the winningest driver in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge history with 21 wins.
With Hugh Plumb qualifying and starting the car this year and Matt Plumb anchoring the No. 13 Porsche to the checkered flag, the Rum Bum Racing team has been a championship contender all year long.The Plumb brother pairing has proven to be a successful combination at VIR in the past. The brothers have teamed together at VIR twice before, and won both times (2006 ST – Acura RSX-S, 2008 GS – Mustang GT).
Rum Bum Racing scored a podium on the 3.27-mile road course nestled in the scenic Virginia countryside in 2010 with Matt Plumb and Gian Bacardi scoring third place.
Another strong result at VIR would launch the Rum Bum Racing team into stronger championship position with just two more races remaining on the 2015 calendar.
“Winning at the home race for Jennifer Bacardi at Road America, that was huge for the team and hopefully it is the start for us make a big push in these last three races,” said Matt Plumb. “Road America showed how everything—pit stops and strategy and making the most out of the Continental Tires—has to go just right to be there at the end to fight for a win. Hugh and I have had some good runs at VIR, and we’d love to have one again this weekend!”
A promoter test day is scheduled for Thursday and will be followed by official practice and qualifying on Friday. The 2.5-hour race is set to go green at 1:25 PM ET on Saturday and will be streamed LIVE on IMSA.com and on the IMSA app.
Follow live timing and scoring throughout the weekend at scoring.imsa.com and follow @RumBumRacing on Twitter for live updates.
The VIR event will be televised on Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 AM ET on FOX Sports 1.
The IMSA Continental Tire Challenge race from Road America will broadcast on FOX Sports 1 on Monday August 17th. 2015, at 8 PM ET. You don’t want to miss it!
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Elkhart Lake, Wis. (8 August 2015) – It was another huge result for Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing at Road America on Saturday as the team delivered its 17th overall IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory. The result marked Rum Bum Racing’s third win in four years at Road America and saw the squad close the gap to the championship leader with just a provisional 15-point separation between first and second in the standings.
Wisconsin is the home state of Jennifer Bacardi, so with both Luis and Jennifer Bacardi on hand as well as a big crowd of Rum Bum supporters, the celebration was extra special for the entire organization.
Matt Plumb, who partnered with his brother Hugh Plumb in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche for the run to victory, became the winningest driver in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge history with a total of 21 wins.
“The whole Bacardi family is here to see us and be a part of this which is huge,” said Hugh Plumb from Victory Lane. “I couldn’t be happier for Matt (Plumb), who is the guy to have in the car at the end, and to celebrate with all of these people. Matt did an absolutely incredible job there. I just can’t say enough about everybody on the Rum Bum crew. It’s unbelievable, they deserve this.”
Hugh Plumb opened the race from the front row after Friday’s qualifying session was rained out and the grid was set by championship point order. Starting second, Hugh Plumb wasted no time in moving forward as he took the lead into Turn 1 and didn’t look back.
He had extended his leading margin to a 10-second advantage when a full course caution was displayed about 30 minutes into the race. The Rum Bum team took the opportunity to pit for four tires and fuel and Hugh Plumb remained in the car. When the race went back to green, Hugh Plumb restarted 10th in line but was back up to third in the order in a matter of laps. He regained the lead an hour into the race and remained there until slipping to second with just over an hour to go.
With 55 minutes remaining in the race, Crew Chief Joe Varde called the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche to pit lane under green flag conditions for the team’s second and final stop. A perfectly executed full service stop ensued with Matt Plumb taking control of the car and returning to the field eighth.
Matt Plumb moved to the front of the pack with just 43 minutes to go, and held off the vigorous charge from a Nissan with fresher Continental Tires to score a dramatic victory on the team’s adopted home track.
“The Nissan had fast pace, even at the beginning of the race you could see it clicking off fast laps when it was free of traffic,” said Team Manager and driver Matt Plumb. “I knew that once they got clean of traffic and were in sight they had a really good chance of out pacing us. As I looked in my mirrors and saw Trent Hindman battling to keep the Nissan behind him I just kept saying to myself ‘keep ahead because as soon as Zacharias breaks free he’s going to run me down’. For the last five years I’ve been really truly honored to be a part of this Rum Bum team. I couldn’t be happier to be in the position I’m in at the moment and I’m certainly enjoying it.”
Rum Bum Racing will look to carry its winning momentum into the next round of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition at VIRginia International Raceway on August 21-22.
FOX Sports 1 will televise the Road America event on Monday, August 17 at 8:00 PM ET.
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TBF’s “conservation and responsible use” philosophy applauds anglers big enough to release the big marlin girls that are estimated at boat side to weigh 750 pounds and up. To honor the anglers, captains and mates who release these very large, female marlin, TBF created the Grander Release Club. If a safe tagging opportunity is available when a decision is made to release the big marlin, tagging would be appreciated for it can generate needed recapture data.
Reports of the grander releases should be submitted with a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. In recognition of releasing the marlin, a newly designed TBF certificate will be sent to each team member, with their names entered into the Grander Release Club section on TBF’s website.
Only with smart release investments will granders grow and be available for generations to come.
Photo courtesy of Capt. Eddy Lawler of Peak Sportsfishing
Learn about all the tag and release data The Billfish Foundation received in the calendar year of 2013. The report highlights all those anglers and captains who participated in the Tag & Release program in 2013 and reveals the top locations for billfish as well as breakdowns for tags, releases, and recapture maps for each billfish species. Download the complete record here or purchase an original online today!
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Road America Results:
2011 – Started: 1st Finished: 3rd
2012 – Started: 3rd Finished: 1st
2013 – Started: 7th Finished: 1st
2014 – Started: 8th Finished 17th (ball joint failure)
Orlando, Fla. (4 August 2015) – There is no place like home, and when Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing travels to Road America each year, it feels like a homecoming for the team and its drivers Matt Plumb and Hugh Plumb. Wisconsin is the home state of Jennifer Bacardi and a large contingent of Rum Bum supporters are always on hand at the legendary Road America road course in Elkhart Lake.
There is another big reason for the team to call Road America home, and that is the performances the team has put in at the high-speed track through the years.
Over the past four races at the circuit, Rum Bum Racing has claimed three podium results, including two victories. Rum Bum was poised for its fourth consecutive Road America podium last year when a rare ball joint failure cruelly took the team out of third place with just three laps to go in the race.
Rum Bum Racing seeks redemption this year, as the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship enters its final four races of the season. The Rum Bum team currently sits second in the championship standings, 24 points back from the top spot with 171 points. Following the Lime Rock round two weeks ago in which the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche was hit out of contention while running second, the Rum Bum squad is all the more hungry for another trip to the Road America podium.
“Wisconsin is a bit of a home track for us, because Jennifer Bacardi’s family is there and we have a lot of great superfans there that come out year after year to support us,” said Team Manager and driver Matt Plumb. “It’s an added bonus when you have people that are cheering you on and it helps bring our A-Game to everything that we do. Hopefully we can have the same kind of race results we’ve had there in the past. The goal is to pick up as many championship points as we can in each race from here on out and there’s no better team out there than the Rum Bum guys to do just that.”
The Road America event gets underway with a Promoter Test day on Thursday. Official practice and qualifying is set to take place on Friday with the 2.5-hour race set to go green on Saturday at 12:20 PM Central Time (1:20 PM ET). IMSA.com will have LIVE streaming of qualifying and the race.
Fans can also watch via the IMSA app. Scoring.imsa.com will have live timing and scoring throughout the weekend.
Sportfishing is quickly becoming a growing force, not just in the United States, but internationally. This past July, more than 13,000 representatives of the global sportfishing industry came together once again for the 58th annual International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). 2015 brought the biggest show yet for ICAST where vendors showcase the latest and greatest in fishing tackle, gear and accessories. However, the show not only focuses on the new innovations and fishing technology, but the importance of the sportfishing community working together for the betterment of the industry.
ICAST also gave TBF staff a great chance to meet with its current sponsors and network with the biggest names in the sportfishing industry. Costa, ORCA coolers, Pelagic, SIMRAD, Fathom Offshore, and Alutecnos were just a few of TBF supporters in attendance. A major feature of the convention is the New Product Showcase which 270 vendors put on display close to 900 new products for a chance to win “Best in Show.” Winners included the innovative and conservation minded Release Ruler and eyewear from Costa.
ICAST was also a great venue for highlighting the socioeconomic importance of the sport working to get the recognition it warrants. In attendance at this year was Florida governor, Rick Scott who took the time to meet with industry leaders for a round table discussion on how industry representatives and groups like TBF can be more effective in advocating for the future of the sport. In addition to the new products on display, several seminars were held by advocacy groups such as the Center for Coastal Conservation (of which TBF is a member) on critical issues such as the effects of the Magnuson Stevens Act reauthorization on the fishing industry.
All in all, ICAST 2015 was the biggest and best yet and a great success for TBF as well. The innovation on display and opportunities for leaders of the sportfishing industries to work together during the convention really provide an excellent way to work collectively toward the growth of the industry. Like others, TBF is grateful to have a chance to participate and work with industry leaders which is necessary for the longevity of the sport and the marine resources they depend on.
Lakeville, Conn. (25 July 2015) – With scores of home track fans on hand in support of Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing at Lime Rock Park, the team was aiming for another big result on Saturday. Rum Bum Racing has claimed three victories in the past four years at the track and was going for its fifth consecutive Lime Rock Park podium finish in the Northeast Grand Prix. The team looked poised to do just that until the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche was hit off track while running second.
Rum Bum Racing and drivers Matt Plumb and Hugh Plumb sat second in the championship heading into Round 6 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship and were looking to build on that at a track where the strength of the Rum Bum team shines.
Hugh Plumb opened the race from second and spent nine laps leading the field when he and the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro battled for the race lead with the third place No. 6 Camaro just behind. The run showed just how well-prepared the Rum Bum car was for the quick 1.5-mile bullring circuit when it ran the fastest lap of the race on Lap 13.
As the front of the GS field encountered ST traffic through Big Bend, the line of cars checked up and the championship leading No. 6 Camaro hit the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche from behind with about 45 minutes completed in the race.
“We got checked up in traffic in Turn 2 so I had to slow up and I guess the Stevenson car behind me didn’t realize that we were all going to be checked up and he drove into me,” said Hugh Plumb of the incident. “It’s such a shame for our Rum Bum guys. As you see, the Rum Bum guys put the car back together, we go several laps down and they (No. 6) get a drive through penalty and stay on the lead lap. It’s unfortunate, it really is. A big thank you to our Rum Bum guys, that’s all I can say. Luis Bacardi, and this whole team, they’re just an amazing bunch of guys. Once again Rum Bum Racing gave me a fantastic car. It’s such a privilege to have the opportunity to drive for this team.”
The hit punted the car into the tire barriers, damaging the left front suspension which left the car undriveable. But the perseverance of the Rum Bum Racing squad was on full display as the team members hurried to make a quick repair on what typically would be a long fix. The No. 13 Rum Bum car went 17 laps down during the green flag laps that clicked off at less than a minute a lap.
Matt Plumb returned the car to the track with just over an hour remaining in the race with the goal to complete as many laps as possible and pick up as many points toward the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship that he could. Hugh Plumb drove the car in the final minutes of the race in order to make the minimum drive time requirement and together the Plumb brothers drove the car to a 10th place finish and salvaged some points for the championship.
“What a shame for the team and the fans and really the drivers, that we weren’t able to battle there at the end with everybody,” said Team Manager and driver Matt Plumb. “I know it was not intentional and I’m sure the guys at Stevenson feel bad. So we’re going to move on and focus on the fact that we’ve been doing a really good job of getting the car in the right place at every track we go to. This is just another challenge that we had to face and overcome, we’re not out of it (the championship) yet, it’s just going to be that much more difficult.”
Despite the setback at Lime Rock Park, Rum Bum Racing remains second in the championship standings, 24 points back. The team next heads to Road America in two weeks for Round 7 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship.
“Wisconsin is a bit of a home track for us as well, because Jennifer Bacardi’s family is there and we have a lot of great superfans there that come out year after year to support us,” added Matt Plumb. “It’s an added bonus when you have people that are cheering you on and it helps bring our A-Game to everything that we do.”
The Northeast Grand Prix will be televised on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, August 2 at 12:00 PM ET.
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Orlando, Fla. (22 July 2015) – Following the team’s podium performance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing has been nominated for the Microsoft Visual Studio Team to Win Award.
We need your help as the battle is getting tight. Every vote counts. Team to Win voting remains open until THIS FRIDAY, July 24 at 12:00 PM ET.
Vote once daily on each of your devices such as laptop, computer, phone, tablet, etc. Fans can vote here: http://bit.ly/1Vm5vWj
Thank you for voting and as always, thanks for your continued support of Rum Bum Racing!
Tag & Release cards are really starting to come in and TBF’s annual Tag and Release Competition is heating up with less than 3 months to go! The “Top Five” in most of the competition categories are highlighted below. This list constitutes the tag and release records processed by TBF as of August 25, 2015.
Do you know anyone on the list? Are you in the top five and want to be recognized by the who’s who in the billfishing community at our ceremony? Be sure to tag, release, and report your billfish catches before the end of the competition on October 31, 2015. Remember you can submit your records online now at www.tagbillfish.org or you can submit them through the mail. The last date that TBF can receive tag and release cards for this competition year is November 15, 2015.
Award winners will be recognized at TBF’s Annual Tag & Release Awards Ceremony held during the Miami International Boat Show presented by the TBF Tag and Release Sponsors, Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic, and SIMRAD.
As of 8/25/15
Overall Release Captain
Overall Tagging Captain
Overall Release Angler
Overall Tagging Angler
Overall Release Lady Angler
Overall Tagging Lady Angler
Overall Release Youth Angler
Overall Tagging Youth Angler
Top Tagging Angler- Atlantic
Top Release Angler- Atlantic
Top Tagging Captain- Atlantic
Top Release Captain- Atlantic
Top Tagging Angler- Pacific
Top Release Angler- Pacific
Top Tagging Captain- Pacific
Top Release Captain- Pacific
Top Tagging Angler – Indian
Top Tagging Captain- Indian
Top Release Captain- Indian
Female Division (Tag)
1. Laura Jessen
2. Jo-Ann Riley
3. Lori Schroeder
4. Dawn Samuels
5. Martha Macnab
Female Division (Release)
1. Amanda Cofer
2. Tiffany Day
3. Laura Jessen
4. Cece Imbrie
5. Melissa Haight
Youth Division (Tag)
8 and under
9 – 12
13 – 15
16 – 17
Youth Division (Release)
8 and under
13 – 15
GULF OF MEXICO MARLIN TAGGING COMPETITION
as of 8/26/15
Please note these standings are for eligible tag and release records for overall angler and captain categories. Standings for junior and lady categories will be calculated at the end of the competition period. Click here for more information.
Top Overall Tagging Angler
Top Tagging Angler
Top Overall Tagging Captain
Top Tagging Captain
Top Tagging Captain
Top Tagging Boat
SOFLO SAILFISH CIRCUIT
as of 8/26/15
Please note these standings are for eligible tag and release records for both overall and professional angler and captain categories. Standings for professional, junior, and lady categories will be calculated at the end of the competition period. Click here for more information.
Top Tagging Angler
Top Tagging Captain
Top Release Angler
Top Release Captain
PAXSON “PACKY” OFFIELD, former chairman of The Billfish Foundation’s (TBF) board of directors, passed away Sunday June 14th at his home in Michigan. In 2011, Offield was the recipient of TBF’s most prestigious award, the Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was a man who cared deeply for the world’s natural resources and matched that passion with support for research and conservation of billfish, bison, eagles, peregrine
falcons and foxes. He also supported science to fight disease and to provide basic services, including funds for well water in a very distant remote area so the quality of life for others could be improved. Giving of his time and support included an array of organizations and causes, including serving as Chairman of the Santa Catalina Island Company, the Offield Center for Billfish Studies, the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC, the Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species at the San Diego Zoological Society, the Catalina Seabass Fund, the Avalon Tuna Club, the Catalina Conservancy, the IGFA, Offield Family Foundation, the Peregrine Fund, the Little Traverse Conservancy, Silver Creek Fishing Club, the Avalon Planning Commission, the Catalina Island Chamber of
Commerce and Catalina CHOICES, a drug and alcohol treatment program for the youth of Catalina Island.
Offield’s support of TBF made possible the organization’s commitment to remain firmly grounded in science; and through his support, our understanding of billfish stock
structure, ecology and assessment science methodologies has been advanced and remain important today. He understood the power that applied science, along with economics,
has on developing credible management decisions.
While strongly committed to billfish and other sciences, Offield was no “science
geek”; he was a top notch angler, offshore on his 85-foot Garlington, the
Kelsey Lee, named in honor of his daughter, and as an avid fly fisherman enjoying both lakes and rivers. He also loved sailing, playing golf, skiing, kayaking, cooking, reading, photography and writing poetry. Offield’s positive footprint on the world’s natural resources, on science and individuals lucky enough to have known him is great. He will be sadly missed, but his legacy can continue if all who were touched by him continue the work he recognized as important.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, daughter Kelsey, sons Chase (Jena), who is a TBF Board Member and Calen (Amber); and stepson Rex, his brother James, and three grandchildren
Capri, Christian and Owen.
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Orlando, Fla. (20 July 2015) – Rum Bum Racing will kick off the Lime Rock Park festivities early as the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche heads to New York City on Wednesday, July 22. Driver and Team Manager Matt Plumb will be on hand with the car as the squad joins several other IMSA teams for a promotional event in the heart of the city hosted by Esquire Network, Lime Rock Park, Seize sur Vingt, and TUDOR Watches.
Located just 100 miles south of Lime Rock Park – the next stop on the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge calendar – the ‘Racers in SoHo’ event will take place at 78 Greene Street and will promote the Northeast Grand Prix event. A two-hour press luncheon is scheduled from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM with music and cocktails to follow from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
“It is great to have IMSA and Lime Rock Park team up to create this kind of event, and we are lucky to have a team owner in Luis Bacardi who understands how to build our audience and reach new fans,” said Matt Plumb. “It’s amazing that just two hours away from downtown New York City, there is this incredible track out in the countryside and we are happy to help get the word out.”
It’s an exciting kick off to the race weekend as Plumb, who resides in Newport, Rhode Island, returns not only to his home track of Lime Rock Park but also to a place that has seen Rum Bum show incredible strength.
Over the four previous years, Rum Bum Racing has claimed victory at Lime Rock three times (2011, 2012 & 2014) and finished third in 2013 on the way to a second consecutive IMSA team championship. Last year’s win saw the No. 13 Porsche lead 60 laps en route to victory lane.
This year’s race, which marks Round 6 of the championship, will have an added twist as IMSA recently announced that the GS and ST classes will race in a combined event, rather than separately which has been the case in previous years at the quick 1.5-mile bullring road course.
“Lime Rock is always a special place for me, having grown up in New England it is my home track,” said Matt Plumb, who shares the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing with his brother and co-driver Hugh Plumb. “We’ve always had a very good set up there. Joe (Varde, crew chief) with his circle track experience does a very good job of reading that track. We always come off the rig perfect and then are able to fine tune for the conditions. Combine that with our strategy and our quick pit stops on that short track we have a definite advantage.”
The team will look to add to its incredible history at the track, but knows that the competition has been gaining speed with every race.
“The strength of all these new cars has shown over the course of the season,” said Plumb of the factory-backed Mustang and Camaro campaigns. “All the new cars are very strong and the Mustangs have come on incredibly well. So it’s going to be more challenging than in previous years. We’re coming from a different place competition-wise, but we’re going to make the most of it and definitely take advantage of our comfort level at that track.”
Just like the laps on the diminutive 1.5-mile circuit, the Lime Rock Park race weekend is a quick one. A 15-minute GS-only practice will be held Friday morning followed by two combined class practice sessions. Qualifying is set for 4:40 PM ET on Friday.
The Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park goes green at 10:00 AM ET Saturday morning. The event will be streamed LIVE on IMSA.com.
FOX Sports 1 will televise the race on Sunday, August 2 at 12:00 PM ET.
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Third podium of the year for Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing
Bowmanville, Ont. (11 July 2015) – Heading north of the border for Round 5 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship, it was another big outing for Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing on Saturday as the team mixed lightning quick pit work, great race strategy, and some strong driving to earn a second place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday.
The result is the third podium of the year for Rum Bum Racing drivers Matt Plumb and Hugh Plumb and saw the team pick up a healthy haul of points to remain second in the championship standings with five more races yet to run.
Hugh Plumb started the race from third on the grid in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche, making a quick pit stop 25 minutes into the race during a full course caution as the Joe Varde-led squad helped him move up the order while also taking on a fresh set of Continental Tires. He used those to excellent effect with some big moves on the outside of the high speed corners to move up to third ahead of his second pit stop to turn the car over to Matt Plumb.
“The first stint was just like qualifying laps one after the next in order to stay with the twoMustangs in front of us,” said Hugh Plumb. “I just wanted to keep them in sight and give Matt (Plumb) a nice clean car. We had some traffic when we went through the ST field, so it was tricky and you had to really pick your spots. But it was another textbook performance from the Rum Bum Racing guys, it is awesome to have that kind of team behind you.”
The well-oiled Rum Bum Racing crew completed a quick service as Matt Plumb took to the wheel and strapped in for the second half of the race, returning to the track fourth in line. After moving to the lead, Plumb had to fend off the charges of the all-new Multimatic Ford Mustang. Using every inch of the 2.459-mile circuit, Plumb held the point for several laps before eventually being overtaken for the lead with just over 30 minutes to go.
“Our car was great and the balance was good all week long,” said Matt Plumb from the podium celebrations. “We worked up to the perfect car, so a huge thanks to the team. We were the little Porsche that could and we were fine when we had clear track but when we would get behind some of these cars that have some muscle off the corners, we didn’t have the pace that they did in some places.”
Plumb was pleased to make another podium appearance, and the team is already thinking about getting back on top at Lime Rock Park.
“It’s nice to gain a few points on the (championship leading) Camaro,” said Plumb. “They looked like they had a plan and executed it as well. We couldn’t be happier with today’s result and now we look forward to Lime Rock, a place where we’ve done well before. Congratulations to the Multimatic guys on their win, they’ve done their homework with that Mustang and it shows. We are looking forward to the new competition and can’t wait for Lime Rock.”
Rum Bum Racing next travels to Matt Plumb’s home track of Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut for Round 6 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship in two weeks.
The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event will be televised on Sunday, July 19 at 12:00 PM ET.
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Bowmanville, Ont. (10 July 2015) – Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing will start Saturday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) from the second row after Hugh Plumb qualified the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche third on the grid during a 15-minute qualifying session on Friday.
The result is the fifth consecutive top-five starting position for the team this year.
The Florida-based squad arrived at CTMP fresh from a sixth place finish at Watkins Glen. Both Hugh and his co-driver and brother Matt Plumb participated in a promoter test day on Thursday and worked through a variety of set-ups on the Porsche machine.
The car was well-prepared when official practice got underway on Friday and the Rum Bum team was credited with the third quickest time in the first practice and then posted the fifth fastest time in the second session.
Hugh Plumb strapped in for the qualifying run and put down a lap of 1:27.568-seconds which was enough to secure a starting spot on the inside of Row 2. That lap time was the fastest of the day for the No. 13 Porsche. Hugh Plumb will open the race before turning the car over to Matt Plumb who will anchor the car to the finish.
“The Rum Bum car has been better and better every session and I am sure that trend will continue for the race,” said Hugh Plumb. “It is going to be difficult to outpace some of the new cars but the Rum Bum crew never fails to execute on preparation, setup and strategy. It really is a pleasure to be a part of it and can’t wait to put on a show tomorrow.”
The 2.5-hour Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race will go green Saturday at 1:25 PM ET with LIVE coverage on IMSA.com.
FOX Sports 1 will televise the event on Sunday, July 19 at 12:00 PM ET.
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Orlando, Fla. (7 July 2015) – Looking to make a mid-season surge, Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing travels to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) this weekend for Round 5 of the 10-race 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship.
Rum Bum Racing opened the year with a victory and the team has remained a championship contender throughout the first four races as the Canadian visit marks the half-way point of the season.
Rum Bum Racing drivers Hugh and Matt Plumb enter the CTMP round second in the championship standings – just 19 points out of the lead.
The Plumb brothers backed up the victory at Daytona with a run to the podium at Sebring. A fourth place finish at Laguna Seca saw the team remain second in the standings.
In the previous IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge outing at Watkins Glen, the Florida-based squad looked primed for a sure podium finish, if not a win, before treacherous rain conditions caught the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche out. After having led 26 laps in the race, rain started to fall heavily around the circuit and while battling for second, the Rum Bum Porsche slid wide. Matt Plumb’s fast reactions and even faster hands were on full display when he saved the car on the wet grass and kept from hitting the wall.
Avoiding calamity and keeping the track position loss to just sixth place, Plumb didn’t get the chance to fight back to the front after a red flag was thrown for track conditions and then a subsequent full course caution period saw the checkered flag fly under the yellow.
The group looks to rebound from the Glen event and add another podium to the team’s tally (28 podiums earned since the team’s 2010 debut) at CTMP.
“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a tough track for us last year but hopefully we can start the weekend on the right foot with a quick car,” said Matt Plumb, who also serves as Team Manager. “The car has been very good in the last few rounds and I think it’s getting better every time out. Even when we don’t have the quickest car, the pit work from the Rum Bum guys is always on point so I’m hoping we’ll be right up there at the end. It would be great to close the gap in the championship and build to a very big end of the season.”
The action kicks off at CTMP on Friday with practice and qualifying. The 2.5-hour race is set to go green at 1:25 PM ET on Saturday. The race can be watched LIVE on imsa.com or via the IMSA app.
The CTMP event will be televised on Sunday, July 19 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.
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Watkins Glen, N.Y. (27 June 2015) – Despite leading a race-high 26 laps, the hoped-for result that Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing was targeting on Saturday didn’t come at Watkins Glen in the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen.
The race began under light rain, with the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche leading the field just a few laps in. But as conditions worsened, the race was eventually red-flagged and the checkered flew under caution due to the large areas of standing water.
Those conditions made for some exciting IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge racing, especially in the early stages with Hugh Plumb opening the race from third on the grid. He wasted no time in moving forward and took over the race lead in a matter of laps.
The No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche carried the lead of the race into the team’s first pit stop when Crew Chief Joe Varde called Hugh Plumb to pit lane at just past the half-way point of the race. A quick stop by the Rum Bum crew of fuel, tires, and a driver change, saw Matt Plumb emerge back on track with the race lead over the No. 6 of Robin Liddell.
As conditions worsened, Plumb and Liddell battled for the point with Liddell just slipping by as Plumb remained on his bumper in second. The slippery track conditions caught the No. 13 Rum Bum Porsche out though, as the car slid wide in the Carousel. With two wheels on the slippery tarmac and two on the even more slippery grass, Plumb still managed to maintain control and avoid contact.
“We decided to change tires on the pit stop, which turned out to be a little tough for me in the first couple of laps,” said Matt Plumb. “Whether it was just getting them up to temperature or pressure or what, but it was a tough time. I couldn’t quite get into a rhythm and when I finally did, the race went yellow. I’m not quite sure what happened. I was in the outside lane, had great grip, and the (No. 6) Camaro underneath me got a little bit loose and I think I made some adjustments that got my car a little loose and walked it up to the edge of the track. I thought that I could get it straight once I went over the curb, but then it hooked me and I flip flopped back and forth in the grass and almost hit a wall.”
Fortunately, Plumb managed to keep the Porsche off the wall and returned to the track sixth, but his intention to move back to the top was halted when the race was red-flagged due to track conditions.
The race finished under full course caution and Rum Bum Racing took sixth at the checkered flag.
“I’m bummed for the team because they deserved a better finish than this,” added Matt Plumb. “I think we had a good car and had the race gone green and had we had a chance to fight with the Camaro we would have had a little something for them.”
“I had a good stint and it wasn’t raining as hard for me as it was for Matt (Plumb),” said Hugh Plumb, of his opening stint. “I had pretty clear visibility. I just kind of put my head down once I got out in front and got the most out of the Rum Bum Porsche. I just wanted to kind of continue to figure out the ever changing race track. That was the biggest hurdle. The car was good, the guys did a great job today.”
Rum Bum Racing will be back in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action in two weeks at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The Watkins Glen event will be televised on FOX Sports 1 at 10:00 AM ET on Sunday, July 5.
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Watkins Glen, NY (26 June 2015) – Returning to a track at which the team has some champagne-soaked history, Rum Bum Racing’s Hugh Plumb got a fast start to the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen race weekend on Friday as he scored third on the grid at Watkins Glen in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche.
Hugh Plumb, who posted a fast time of 2:01.542-seconds during the 15-minute qualifying session, will open the race before handing the car over to his brother and co-driver Matt Plumb. The result is the fourth consecutive top-five qualifying effort for Hugh Plumb through the first four events of the season.
The third place starting spot marks the team’s best qualifying result at the track since its Watkins Glen debut in 2010. Rum Bum Racing has done well at Watkins Glen in the past and has claimed a podium finish at the historic facility in each of the previous three years of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition which included a win in 2012.
“The car is very good and, as usual, the Rum Bum guys did an amazing job giving me a great car to put us in thetop three,” said Hugh Plumb. “Thank you to Luis Bacardi for putting an amazing team together. It looks like it could be a rainy race tomorrow. If we just stay clear of the melee we can come out on top, which everyone at Rum Bum deserves.”
With rain forecasted for Saturday’s race, the event promises to be an exciting one with different strategies put into play. Veteran crew chief Joe Varde, who is known for his canny race strategy, will be the one calling the shots from atop the Rum Bum Racing pit box.
The Continental Tire 150 at The Glen goes green at 12:25 PM ET and will be carried LIVE on IMSA.com.
The race will be televised on FOX Sports 1 at 10:00 AM ET on Sunday, July 5.
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Orlando, Fla. (23 June 2015) – Watkins Glen International has long been a fan and driver favorite. And it’s safe to say that with a sterling record of success at the undulating 3.4-mile New York road course, it’s also a favorite of Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing too.
The Florida-based team is targeting its fourth consecutive podium result at the track after having won in 2012 and placed second and third in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Brothers Matt and Hugh Plumb are on a hot streak in 2015 and after nearly a two-month break on the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race calendar, the driving duo is eager for the return to Watkins Glen for the Continental Tire 150 At The Glen.
Rum Bum Racing, which is led by crew chief Joe Varde, enters Round 4 of the IMSA championship second in the standings – just nine points shy of the top spot. The team has had a strong start to the 2015 season with the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche having been qualified by Hugh Plumb among the top-five in each race so far. The team also kicked off the year with a big win at the team’s home track of Daytona.
The group followed up that season-opening win with a third place result at Sebring International Raceway and then a fourth place finish in the previous round of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“For whatever reason, Watkins Glen has been good to us through the last few years so we’ll just go back and do what we always do and hopefully come out of it with another big result,” said Matt Plumb, who also serves as Team Manager for Rum Bum Racing. “Joe Varde always seems to have a new strategy up his sleeve, and this crew is incredibly hard working. So we’re optimistic about the Glen and very ready to get back to the track and compete. It’s been a long break and we’re ready to get after it!”
When the Continental Tire 150 At The Glen goes green on Saturday, Hugh Plumb will open the race before handing the car over to Matt Plumb who will anchor it to the finish.
A single practice session will be held Thursday afternoon to begin the Watkins Glen event. Another practice and qualifying will take place on Friday with the 2..5-hour race set to go green on Saturday at 12:25 PM ET.
Tune into imsa.com for the LIVE broadcast of the event.
FOX Sports 1 will televise the Watkins Glen event on Sunday, July 5 at 10:00 AM ET.
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA – June 8, 2015 – Today, The Billfish Foundation (TBF), the world’s leading sportfishing conservation organization, announced the winners of its prestigious Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award – Captain Randolph “Bouncer” Smith of Miami, Florida and recently retired financial advisor John Jolley of Boynton Beach, Florida. The Award is named in honor of the late John Rybovich, a pioneer in billfish conservation and sportfishing vessel design. The presentations will be made during TBF’s annual gala, held this year on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Harbor Beach Marriott resort on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Florida.
Captain Bouncer Smith, who fishes aboard Bouncer’s Dusky, a 33’ Dusky center console boat, is being honored for decades of support for billfish conservation and providing a voice on the docks for responsible sportfishing techniques and practices. Bouncer leads by example through release of all his billfish, tagging most of them, which advances billfish science. Smith began fishing in Michigan and on family vacations to Miami learned how to catch and rig his own ballyhoo for sailfishing. When he moved to South Florida in 1957 he worked on driftboats, became a licensed captain in 1968, fished out of Islamorada for a while, then came to Fort Lauderdale, where he brought kite fishing to popular use and promoted downriggers. In 1978 he began fishing his Dusky and became a leader in the development of light-tackle angling. He has set world records and has been awarded and recognized by many organizations for his commitment to fish conservation and advancing innovative fishing techniques and good sportsmanship. Bouncer is a long-term member of TBF and has deployed over one thousand TBF tags, as well as, had dozens of recaptures.
John W. Jolley, Jr. is being honored for decades of support for sound fish science and science-based solutions to management challenges. It was through John’s early career days as a biologist for the State of Florida’s Department of Natural Resources Marine Research Laboratory that provided him with an excellent foundation for serving on the Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, as a scientific advisor to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. John is a long-time member of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, where he served as president for 30 years and today serves as the Science Advisor. John is an avid billfish angler and long-term TBF member.
TBF is proud to recognize these two outstanding individuals for their contributions to billfish conservation.
TBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, founded in 1986 to conserve billfish populations through research, education and advocacy. For questions, please contact Ellen Peel, President, TBF, at (954) 202-9267 or via email at email@example.com.
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Today, the National Park Service announced its final General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Despite commitments made by Biscayne National Park officials to work with stakeholders and the state of Florida to explore less restrictive options, the GMP includes a marine reserve, eliminating fishing and severely restricting boating in over 10,000 acres of the park’s most popular and productive marine waters.
“The recreational boating industry is disheartened by the National Park Service’s decision to implement a marine reserve at Biscayne National Park,” said Nicole Vasilaros, vice president of legal and federal affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “We understand the importance of protecting our natural resources and the delicate balance needed to ensure that boaters are able to enjoy these public waters. However, the National Park Service has shown little interest in compromise and today’s announcement confirms a lack of desire to include the needs of park users and stakeholders in important decisions such as this.”
For the past several years, a large coalition of partners in the recreational boating and fishing community has submitted comments, attended public meetings and organized discussions with the leadership at the National Park Service in an attempt to balance the critical need for conservation with the need for recreational access to the park’s waters. Numerous fisheries management measures were presented to the National Park Service that would balance resource conservation with maintain public access, including size limits, bag limits, quotas, permits, seasonal closures and gear restrictions.
“Today’s announcement confirms that Biscayne National Park officials never had any real interest in working with stakeholders or the state of Florida to explore compromise plans,” said Mike Leonard, ocean resource policy director for the American Sportfishing Association. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, one of the nation’s leading fisheries management agencies, has stated that a marine reserve is far too restrictive, and that other management measures can achieve resource goals while still allowing for public access. The only conclusion that one can draw from this decision is that the public is simply not welcomed at Biscayne National Park.”
“Anglers recognize that the condition of the fisheries resources in Biscayne National Park needs to be addressed, but we also know that once an area is closed, the public will never be allowed back in,” said Jeff Miller, chairman of Coastal Conservation Association Florida’s Government Relations Committee. “These decisions should happen only when clearly supported by science, and when all other management options have failed. By not giving other, less restrictive options a chance, the Park Service has put Florida’s reputation as ‘Fishing Capital of the World’ at stake.”
Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition Lauds House Legislation
Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization contains major provisions benefitting recreational fishing
Washington (June 2, 2015) – A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries.
“The House action recognizes the increasing popularity of saltwater recreational fishing, which contributes $70 billion annually to the nation’s economy and supports 454,000 jobs in every type of business from marinas, tackle shops and boat dealerships to restaurants, motels and clothing stores,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “While H.R. 1335 isn’t perfect, it goes a long way toward addressing the priorities of the recreational fishing community.”
The House-passed measure, Angers said, reflects many of the recommendations of the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, also known as the Morris-Deal Commission named after co-chairs Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boats.
“The Morris-Deal Commission described six priorities for the future of saltwater recreational fisheries management,” said Whit Fosburgh, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “The House action advances many of these priorities, and we look forward to continuing to advance the interests of the nation’s 11 million saltwater anglers as the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization process continues moving forward in this Congress.”
Provisions in H.R. 1335 supported by the recreational fishing community include:
In addition, during consideration on the House floor, an amendment by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) was added that gives NOAA Fisheries the authority to implement management practices better tailored to the nature of recreational fishing.
“Rep. Wittman’s amendment addresses one of the key priorities of the Morris-Deal Commission – adopting a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management,” said Mike Nussman, President and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. “This provision will promote the consideration of management approaches that fit the interests of recreational anglers, as opposed to the current approach of applying a commercial fisheries management model onto the nation’s 11 million anglers.”
In addition, the recreational fishing community supports the inclusion of an amendment by the lead sponsor of H.R. 1335, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), to better incorporate data collected by anglers into management.
“America’s saltwater anglers owe a special debt of gratitude to the leadership of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and the legislation’s prime sponsor, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska),” noted Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Vice-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) must also be commended for his leadership in ensuring marine fisheries are fairly allocated to maximize the benefits provided to our nation.”
An amendment offered by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) to transfer management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper to the five Gulf States was not advanced. It was withdrawn by the amendment sponsor after Chairman Bishop agreed to full committee action to address the Graves legislation.
“The chief fisheries management officials in all five Gulf states have recognized what every red snapper angler in the Gulf already knows — that Gulf red snapper management is badly in need of an overhaul,” said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. “We deeply appreciate Rep. Graves’ leadership in working to transfer Gulf red snapper management to the states, which are best suited to the job.”
“There are numerous positive provisions in H.R. 1335 that will ensure the nation’s anglers have access to healthy and sustainable fisheries,” said Jim D’Onofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. “Recreational fishing is finally receiving long overdue recognition in the nation’s law governing saltwater fishing.”
“We applaud the House for recognizing that recreational fishing has cultural and economic needs that differ from that of the commercial fishing industry,” said Thom Dammrich, president of National Marine Manufacturers Association. “Passage of this legislation is a big step in the right direction for anglers, for boaters — and for the local businesses that depend on them.”
The Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition includes American Sportfishing Association, The Billfish Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association, Center for Coastal Conservation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Recreational Fishing Alliance and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Please keep up to date with any new developments on the MSA, policies and regulations by checking the TBF news section.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced the closure of the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category for giant “trophy” bluefin tuna (measuring 73″ or greater) in the southern area. The closure will begin at 11:30 p.m. local time, this Sunday, June 7, 2015 through the remainder of 2015. Until this time, anglers are still allowed to land a trophy bluefin tuna and are required to report their landings of any trophy bluefin tuan to NMFS with 24 hrs. HMS Angling permit holders within the southern area are still permited to land BFT measuring from 27″ to less than 73″. The Gulf Of Mexico and Northern trophy category will still be open until the limit of 8-9 trophy sized BFT is reached. The southern area is denoted as the Atlantic waters south of Great Egg Inlet, NJ, exluding the Gulf. Please see below for full details from NMFS and keep up to date on any new announcments on the TBF website.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery for large medium and giant “trophy” BFT (measuring 73″ or greater) in the southern area effective 11:30 p.m. local time, Sunday, June 7, 2015, through December 31, 2015. The southern area is the area south of 39°18’N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ), outside the Gulf of Mexico.
Reported landings from the NMFS Automated Catch Reporting System and the North Carolina Tagging Program total approximately 2 mt and NMFS has determined that the codified Angling category southern area trophy BFT subquota has been reached and that a closure of the southern area trophy BFT fishery is warranted at this time. Retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT south of 39°18′ N. lat. and outside the Gulf of Mexico by persons aboard vessels permitted in the HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category (when fishing recreationally) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on June 7, 2015. The intent of this closure is to prevent any further overharvest of the Angling category southern area trophy BFT subquota. The annual Angling category trophy limit of one large medium or giant BFT per vessel remains in effect for vessels fishing in the northern area and in the Gulf of Mexico area. The Angling category fishery for BFT measuring 27 to less than 73″ is open except in the Gulf of Mexico. Catch-and-release fishing is permissible as described below.
NMFS has considered the fact that it is in the process of proposing a rule that would implement and give domestic effect to the 2014 ICCAT recommendation on western Atlantic BFT management, which increased the U.S. BFT quota for 2015 and 2016 by 14 percent from the 2014 level. The domestic subquotas to be proposed in that action would result from application of the allocation process established in Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan to the increased U.S. quota, and would include an increase in the southern trophy BFT quota from the currently codified 1.3 mt to a total of 1.5 mt. However, because current landings exceed both the currently codified and the anticipated proposed quota for the Angling category southern area, closure of the southern area trophy BFT fishery needs to occur regardless of the proposed quota increase.
Who is affected?
This closure applies to vessels permitted in the HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category fishing in the southern area (defined in bold above).
Fishermen may catch and release or tag and release BFT of all sizes, subject to the requirements of HMS catch-and-release and tag-and-release programs. NMFS regulations require that all BFT that are released be handled in a manner that will maximize their survival, and without removing the fish from the water. For additional information on safe handling, see the “Careful Catch and Release” brochure available at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.
This notice is a courtesy to BFT fishery permit holders to help keep you informed about the fishery. For more information on BFT fishing regulations, including recreational size and retention limits, please go to hmspermits.noaa.gov or call (978) 281-9260. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.
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The Billfish Foundation has received several inquiries regarding our annual tag and release competition. In response we have attached our specific rules for the competition. Additionally we have the individual categories and awards explained.
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Anglers who are lucky enough to come across any bluefin tuna this year should make sure they know the new regulations this season. The passage of Amendment 7 brings new regulations for HMS Charter/Headboat and HMS Angling permit holders including the possibility for crews in the Gulf of Mexico to retain one trophy sized (>73″) per vessel per year. By allocating a portion of the trophy subquota to the Gulf of Mexico region, any boats holding a valid HMS Charter/Headboat or HMS Angling permit may retain one trophy sized bluefin per vessel per year that are incidentally caught (recreational boats cannot target bluefin in the Gulf of Mexico).
These regulations take effect May 15, 2015 and the Gulf of Mexico trophy category will remain open until the quota (roughly 8-9 fish) is filled. Anglers should be mindful to keep updated for announcements of when the trophy category closes for each region. Recreational retention limits for all other areas (North & South) are detailed below.
The recreational BFT trophy fishery (73″+) is currently open in all areas with a limit of 1 BFT measuring 73″ or greater/vessel/year.
Effective May 15, 2015, the bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limits are increased from the default limit of 1 BFT measuring 27-73″ to the following. For HMS Angling-permitted vessels: 1 school BFT (27 to <47″) + 1 large school/small medium BFT (47- <73″). For HMS Charter/Headboat-permitted vessels: 2 school BFT (27 to <47″) + 1 large school/small medium BFT (47- <73″). These limits are effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico.
HMS Charter/Headboat, Harpoon, and Angling category vessel owners are required to report the catch of all BFT retained or discarded dead, within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end of each trip, by accessing hmspermits.noaa.gov.
The most recent Atlantic blue marlin research completed by TBF’s Dr. Phillip Goodyear was published by the American Fisheries Society, the oldest, largest and most influential association of fisheries professionals in the world. Its mission is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.
Goodyear’s research focused on the effect of fishing on the number of the largest fish in a population using Atlantic blue marlin as an example. Typically, fishing reduces the number of fish that survive to old age which also reduces the average age of fish available to be caught. In most species this also significantly reduces the mean size of the catch which is an important indicator of stock health. However, in earlier research Goodyear discovered that mean size is a poor indicator of population health in fast-growing species like blue marlin. This is a consequence of the fact that the fast growth of young fish reduces the difference between the size of the very old and young fish. Hence the average size can’t change very much when fishing removes most of the old fish from the population. This phenomenon lessens the utility of mean size as a population metric for stock assessments. Still, the abundance of the oldest and very largest fish does decline even in fast growing species, but there has been no statistic to quantify this phenomenon for use in stock monitoring or assessments.
Goodyear’s newest publication developed a new statistical measure (NZ50) to fill this gap, and showed it to be a sensitive indicator of excessive fishing. NZ50 is the smallest number of observations required of a sample (from the catch or population) required to include at least one fish of some particular large size half the time. Think of it as the statistical measure of the number of fish an average angler would have to catch to have a 50-50 chance of catching a “grander” at different population levels. Goodyear’s illustrated the statistic with data from a simulated hypothetical population modeled after Atlantic blue marlin. The results showed NZ50 to be a much more sensitive measure than mean size for judging population status. He concluded that this new statistical measure would be useful for monitoring stock recovery and that it should be routinely included in stock assessments.
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