A bid to ban marlin from restaurant menus in New Zealand is gaining momentum, with a leading recreational fishing group adding its weight to the calls. New Zealand’s oldest fishing club, the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, started the nationwide campaign to help protect declining stocks of the fish, which it says are being ravaged by commercial fishing. It has been joined by the the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council, which at its annual meeting backed a move to urged consumers not to buy marlin products and tell retailers and restaurants to take it off their menus. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed into law the Billfish Conservation Act, which bans imports of all billfish, including marlin, into the United States.

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