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Billfish Genetic Sampling with VIMS

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September 1st, 2015

green marlin

Given their popularity with sportfish anglers worldwide, you would think much more would be known about the biology of billfish (marlin, sailfish, and spearfish), however that is not the case. For example, the number of populations of most species in …

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Tag & Release Competition Update 8/25/15

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August 28th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Big OH &  Camila Sanches

Tag & Release cards are really starting to come in and TBF’s annual Tag and Release Competition is heating up with less than 3 months to go! The “Top Five” in most of the competition categories are highlighted below. This list …

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The Billfish Foundation’s Grander Release Club

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August 6th, 2015

Canary Grander 4

TBF’s “conservation and responsible use” philosophy applauds anglers big enough to release the big marlin girls that are estimated at boat side to weigh 750 pounds and up. To honor the anglers, captains and mates who release these very large, …

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TBF’s 2014 International Billfish Conservation Record Now Available Online

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August 5th, 2015

Conservation Report 2014 web 1

Learn about all the tag and release data The Billfish Foundation received in the calendar year of 2013. The report highlights all those anglers and captains who participated in the Tag & Release program in 2013 and reveals the top …

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TBF at 2015 ICAST

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August 3rd, 2015

Costa's Kick Plastic blue marlin

Sportfishing is quickly becoming a growing force, not just in the United States, but internationally. This past July, more than 13,000 representatives of the global sportfishing industry came together once again for the 58th annual International Convention of Allied Sportfishing …

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PAXSON “PACKY” OFFIELD – let’s continue his legacy…

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July 20th, 2015

2 dr. Bill Bushing

PAXSON “PACKY” OFFIELD, former chairman of The Billfish Foundation’s (TBF) board of directors, passed away Sunday June 14th at his home in Michigan. In 2011, Offield was the recipient of TBF’s most prestigious award, the Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award. He …

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TBF Announces The 2015 Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award Winners

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June 8th, 2015

rybovich award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA – June 8, 2015 – Today, The Billfish Foundation (TBF), the world’s leading sportfishing conservation organization, announced the winners of its prestigious Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award – Captain Randolph “Bouncer” Smith of Miami, …

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Public Locked Out of Biscayne National Park

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June 5th, 2015

Photo credit: National Park Service

Today, the National Park Service announced its final General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Despite commitments made by Biscayne National Park officials to work with stakeholders and the state of Florida to explore less restrictive options, the GMP …

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Southern Trophy Category Closing June 7th

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June 5th, 2015

Courtesy of NMFS

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced the closure of the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category for giant “trophy” bluefin tuna (measuring 73″ or greater) in the southern area. The closure will begin at 11:30 p.m. local time, …

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Annual Tag and Release Competition Rules and Awards

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June 4th, 2015

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The Billfish Foundation has received several inquiries regarding our annual tag and release competition. In response we have attached our specific rules for the competition. Additionally we have the individual categories and awards explained.

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