Archive | Fishing


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.   […]

Until Now, Conservation of Shad and River Herring Has Only Focused On Half Their Habitat


Why anglers support an important step in making conservation efforts whole for this important mid-Atlantic fishery Each spring, the sportsmen and women of Washington, D.C., head to the Potomac River to shake off the rust of winter and take advantage of the return of the American and Hickory shad. This is a time-honored tradition—George Washington […]

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, […]

Louisiana Biologists Are Tracking Potential Monsters in the Depths of Lake Pontchartrain


How telemetry tag data could improve the odds of redfish and trout reaching trophy size  Ashley Ferguson may not be a fish surgeon, but she’s become pretty handy with a scalpel and sutures over the last four years. Ferguson is one of a half-dozen fisheries biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries who […]



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, […]