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Welcome Costa Sunglasses as a Tag & Release Program Sponsor!

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August 20th, 2013

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Photo Credit - Capt. Russell Kleppinger

Photo Credit – Capt. Russell Kleppinger

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) is proud to announce that Costa Sunglasses is TBF’s newest Tag and Release Program partners. They join King Sailfish Mounts, Pelagic Gear, and Bisbee’s Black and Blue as sponsors of TBF’s cornerstone conservation program. Established in 1990, The Billfish Foundation’s Tag and Release Program is the largest private billfish tagging database in the world, and is the cornerstone of TBF’s conservation and advocacy efforts.

With more than 200,000 tag and release reports, TBF receives over 15,000 tag and release records annually from across the globe, which provides vital information for billfish conservation. Tag data is studied to further understand billfish species growth rates, migratory patterns, habitat utilization, and post-release survival rates.

The tag and release data also provides valuable information for stock assessments that are instrumental in a time when industrial longlines represent the largest source of marlin mortality. This data provides the groundwork for conservation minded policy, scientific advancement and gives insight into the demographics and socio-economic benefits generated from billfishing.

COSTA_HORIZ_NOTAG_CMYKCosta’s support of TBF’s tag and release program allows the advocacy organization to continue its tagging education and outreach efforts within the angling community.

“Costa has been a longstanding partner of The Billfish Foundation,” said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa Sunglasses. “Support of tag and release programs, like TBF’s and others, allows for more fish species data collection, so we make more informed decisions in regards to sustainable sportfishing practices and policy.”

TBF is looking forward to having Costa Sunglasses on board and excited for the future with all these great companies coming on board to support TBF’s Tag and Release Program! To learn more about TBF’s Tag and Release program or to become a sponsor, please contact us at 954-938-01050 or email.

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