Working worldwide to advance the conservation of Billfish & associated species to improve the health of oceans & economies.
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HISTORY

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) was founded in 1986 with a mission of conserving billfish worldwide by the late Winthrop P. Rockefeller along with Tim Choate, Dr. Eric Prince and a group of fifty founding members. TBF’s keystone program, the traditional tagging program, was begun in 1990. Today, it has grown to be the largest international billfish tagging program in the world.

TBF’s initial focus was on research and educational programs. In 1990, TBF’s focus was expanded to include advocacy for responsible fisheries management, recognizing that influencing decision makers with sound science was a crucial step in successful billfish conservation.

The Billfish Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The Billfish Foundation is recognized globally and has continued to distinguish itself from other fish conservation organizations through sustained emphasis on synthesizing science and policy into effective, yet reasonable, fishery management solutions- solutions that are good for the fish but not punitive to recreational anglers.

Since its inception, TBF has been central to the following: