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Photo Credit - Johnny Fuqua

SHOULD THAT FALL WITHIN REASONABLE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT? The Caribbean Billfish Project,  a $1.95 million exercise supported by the UN and the World Bank, and executed by the Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC) in Barbados, proposes a  “rights-based” billfish management strategy for commercial, recreational and coastal fishers. “Rights-based” strategies limit fishing access and allocations through […]

Bluefin Tuna Recaptures

  Billfish are not the only fish we work on in tag & release program. We have been working the Large Pelagic’s Research Center Tag-a-Tiny Program for years now and it has given us great insight on the movements of bluefin tuna. Recently we were lucky enough to get two transatlantic recapture reports of bluefin.   […]

TBF’s Conservation Record Volume 4

Big Oh fishing in Cape Verde - Photo Courtesy of Capt. Olaf Grimkowski

    The Billfish Foundation’s (TBF) most recent International Billfish Conservation Record is now available on TBF’s website,, free of charge. The Conservation Record examines and summarizes all tag, release & recapture data submitted in 2014 and provides a breakdown by species reported, maps of top tagging locations by species and oceans, and much […]

Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA –  Today, The Billfish Foundation (TBF), the world’s leading sportfishing conservation organization for marlin, sailfish, spearfish and associated highly migratory fish, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and is announcing the winners of its prestigious Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award – Captain Kelvin “Red” Bailey, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Captain Ernie Foster, Hatteras, […]



In recent years, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has taken great steps to recognize the importance of recreational fishing across the nation and their research continues to reveal the substantial benefits that come from healthy recreational fisheries. Surveys conducted by NMFS in 2011 of private HMS angling permit holders revealed that anglers targeting HMS in […]


White marlin - photo credit to Capt Brant Wise

  Despite the popularity with anglers worldwide and the research investments made by The Billfish Foundation since 1986, still a lot of biological information is not known about marlin, sailfish, and spearfish, making their management and conservation challenging. Billfish tagged by anglers and scientists has revealed a lot about the fishes’ movements and growth rates, […]

Misconceptions of Panama’s sportfishing eco-tourism trade


A recent La Presna article dated August 16, 2015 quotes Ivan Flores, Manager of the Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Authority (ARAP), did not focus on the sustainable use of and positive economic returns to Panama generated from its sportfishing eco-tourism trade, which is predominantly a catch and release fishery for highly migratory fish (marlin, sailfish, and […]

Recreational pelagic fishing & economic opportunity on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Credit to Chase Offield

A report of the results from a socio-economic report conducted by The Billfish Foundation and members of Club de Pesca de Cartegena, Colombia, has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 American Fisheries Society Conference.  The acceptance of this non-traditional fish science report illustrates that more people in fisheries academia and professional societies are becoming aware and […]

Understanding Maximum Size in the Catch: Atlantic Blue Marlin example

Photo courtesy of Big Oh

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 and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and […]