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TBF Announces The 2015 Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award Winners

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June 8th, 2015

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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

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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

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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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Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition Lauds House Legislation

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June 3rd, 2015

Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization contains major provisions benefitting recreational fishing A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation …

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Tag & Release Competition Update

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May 15th, 2015

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We are already half way through  the competition that determines who will be the winners at TBF’s annual Tag and Release Award Ceremony in February 2016. Below, we have highlighted the “Top Five” in most of the competition categories. This …

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Bluefin Tuna Rec. Retention Limits

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May 14th, 2015

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Anglers who are lucky enough to come across any bluefin tuna this year should make sure they know the new regulations this season. The passage of Amendment 7 brings new regulations for HMS Charter/Headboat and HMS Angling permit holders including the possibility …

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Understanding Maximum Size in the Catch: Atlantic Blue Marlin as an Example

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May 14th, 2015

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The most recent Atlantic blue marlin research completed by TBF’s Dr. Phillip Goodyear was published by the American Fisheries Society, the oldest, largest and most influential association of fisheries professionals in the world. Its mission is to improve the conservation …

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Billfish Bill Morphology

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April 8th, 2015

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Rostrum: a funny word used by scientists to describe the “upper jaw prolonged into a long stout spear with round cross-section.” To anglers, it’s known as a bill and is what makes marlin, sailfish (Istiophorids) and swordfish such incredible creatures. …

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Offshore World Championship partners with TBF

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April 1st, 2015

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The Offshore World Championship and The Billfish Foundation announced a partnership to advance billfish science last month. The project, including OWC, The Billfish Foundation, Marina Pez Vela, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), the Presidential Challenge of Central America, Costa …

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