Additionally, allowing Hawaii to ship billfish to the mainland necessitates NMFS to develop an effective and enforceable mechanism for differentiating between foreign- and domestic-caught billfish. Doing so would create substantially more work for NMFS.
For the better part of a year and a half, NMFS has promised a draft rule. However, we’ve yet to see one. Hopefully, by the time this issue of Marlin reaches your house, one will exist. If indeed this early Christmas present occurs, we hope it reflects what the BCA’s authors intended. That is, no billfish — foreign or domestic — is to be sold in the continental United States, period.