Marlin is illegal to sell in the US

August 9, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Fishing and boaing news

Marlin is now illegal to sell in the United States.  President Trump signed  House Bill 4528  on August 2. It amends the billfish act to prohibit the sale of marlin and spearfish in the US.

Tghis bill prevents the importation of billfish from Hawaii and Pacific nations into the continental U.S.  Marlin is protected in the Atlantic. No Atlantic species can’t be sold, but it is hard to differentiate between Atlantic and Pacific once they are in the commercial market. Now there is no reason to have Marlin on the menu.


IGFA and Wild Oceans have pushed for this type of control. The ill was introduced in Congress by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and was passed by the Senate in October, 2017. An identical House companion bill (H.R. 4528) sponsored by Representative Darren Soto (D-FL-9) was passed in the House of Representatives on June 25th, 2018.

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