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Unlike some other models on the water today, The VENTAFISH™ MEETS ALL STATE AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS that took effect June 1st, 2008 in the Gulf of Mexico.
NEW STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS - DON'T GET CAUGHT ON THE WATER WITHOUT ONE!
Don't get stopped while on the water without your VENTAFISH™ aboard. Some other models on the water today meet only a few of the state and federal requirements of a regulation fish venting tool. The VENTAFISH™ is, in our opinion, one of the best fish venting tools available. It MEETS ALL STATE AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS*. We have posted excerpts from the recently passed State and Federal regulations that now require all boats engaged in reef fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to have a regulation fish venting tool aboard their vessel at all times.
CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH - SAVE A FISH WITH YOUR VENTAFISH™
Your VENTAFISH™ was designed to save fish and conserve our fisheries for future generations. Although we have developed your VENTAFISH™ to meet the current state and federal regulations which are based on the best research available today, we are in constant communication with the leading research institutes to determine if we can improve the fish venting process to increase the survival rate of fish with barotraumas.
The VENTAFISH™ Foundation is also actively engaged in monetary support of the leading researchers in this field of study. We want to ensure the latest research and technology is being used. Conservation is of vital importance if our children are to enjoy the wonderful fisheries we have today!
FROM THE NEW REGULATIONS
"...(3) Venting tool. At least one venting tool is required and must be used to deflate the swim bladders of Gulf reef fish to release the fish with minimum damage. This tool must be a sharpened, hollow instrument, such as a hypodermic syringe with the plunger removed, or a 16-gauge needle fixed to a hollow wooden dowel. A tool such as a knife or an ice-pick may not be used. The venting tool must be inserted into the fish at a 45-degree angle approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.54 to 5.08 cm) from the base of the pectoral fin. The tool must be inserted just deep enough to release the gases, so that the fish may be released with minimum damage. ..."
See the document here:
NMFS Amendment 24-7
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
- Gulf Of Mexico Fishery Management Council
- South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
- Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
- Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
- Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Education Center
- Sea Grant - Florida
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Sea Grant - National
- NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric ResearchFlorida Fish and Wildlife Commission
- Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and ParksLouisiana Department of Wildlife and FisheriesTexas Parks and Wildlife Department
- NOAA Fisheries Service - National Marine Fisheries ServiceNOAA Fisheries Service - Regional Office