TBF’s educational focus is divided between a strategy directed toward decision makers and another directed toward anglers and the general public through traditional publications and electronic communications. The most crucial educational challenge is to synthesize and share research/policy facts with decision makers, anglers and others responsible for and interested in understanding billfish conservation problems and possible solutions. Merely making noise before decision makers is rhetorical, not solution-based as is TBF’s strategy. We find educating reduces reactionary resistance in many situations and generates cooperation and participation.
TBF has made tremendous strides through its public educational programs. Our programs introduce children and adults to the principles of responsible fishing. By emphasizing the family fun of sportfishing, the beauty of billfish, the important role they play in the ecosystem and the plight they face, our programs foster a conservation ethic in thousands of individuals around the world. Our education programs have helped to bring a tide of changing attitudes.
COAST magnet program students at Cutler Bay Senior High School identify themselves as “Tiger Sharks” and focus their studies on marine and environmental conservation leading to responsible stewardship and sustainability of natural resources. With benefit from previous visits to the …Read More
Traditional Tagging: Become actively involved in TBF’s Tag & Release Program! Traditional tagging data has provided scientists with half of the data currently available to the scientists who study billfish. Be a part of this and tag your next billfish. …Read More
In General Terms- The term “Billfish” refers to various predatory fish species typically belonging to the taxonomical family Istiophoridae. Their biological characteristics include a spear-like rostrum or “bill,” which is used for slashing at and stunning prey. The dorsal fin …Read More