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.
On May 1, nearly 10,000 students from across South Florida learned about weather and billfish at the eighth annual CBS 4 Weather Day. This event took place prior to the Miami Marlins game at Marlins Park. Elementary and middle school …Read More
Every year, National Week of the Ocean, Inc. honors community leaders and marine educators. This year, two of the recipients Jessica Jessup (a senior) and Susan Ostheim from South Broward High School, will be recognized for their work on a …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
The beautiful Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) is a collection of small islands within the British West Indies is known for its white sand beaches, amazing coral reefs, and great fishing opportunities. TBF staff member, Michael Kelly traveled to these …Read More
Do you remember the first time you tied your first knot or caught your first fish? On April 7th 2013, young people and their parents did just that with the Key Biscayne Community Foundation (KBCF) Citizen Scientist Project at …Read More
On a recent March afternoon along the beautiful intracoastal waterway in Jensen Beach, Florida, the first annual Slack Tide Guide Gathering was hosted by Costa, YETI, Simms, and Hell’s Bay Boat Works. With more than 100 charter captains from across …Read More
What do you get with you combine creative high school students, The Billfish Foundation (TBF), and blank mounts from King Sailfish Mounts? After a several weeks, you get beautifully unique art pieces. On December 5, 2012, TBF was honored to take …Read More
Lighthouse Point,FL – Do you remember the first billfish you hooked into? The amazementyou felt when you watched it jump and dart through the water? The burningfeeling in your arms as you cranked in the last bit of mainline, but …Read More
On December 7th, 2009, The Billfish Foundation visited the Sea, Sand and Stars Science and Nature Center at Orange Beach Elementary School in Orange Beach, Alabama. TBF’s Science and Policy Specialist, Elliott Stark, lead a group of 54 sixth graders …Read More Older posts