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May 2013


TBF Submits Comments For Draft Amendment 8. Send Your Personal Comments Through TBF's Advocacy Center

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On May 2 The Billfish Foundation submitted their official comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently for the alternatives proposed in the Draft Amendment 8 for swordfish management.

TBF supports the desire of NMFS to create a new Open Access Commercial Handgear Swordfish Permit in an attempt to harvest the U.S. allocated quota that has been unused over the last several years. However, included in the comments from TBF was a request for NMFS to reevaluate the number of expected entrants into the fishery, specifically in the South Florida region. TBF encouraged NMFS to assess the proposed alternatives on the potential incentives for individual vessels to transition to a commercial vessel and  forfeit their recreational privileges, specifically their ability to target billfish outside of HMS sanctioned tournaments. To read TBF's comments, click here.

Take ActionThe Billfish Foundation encourages its members and interested parties to send their own personal letters to NMFS regarding Draft Amendment 8. TBF's Advocacy Center has provided a template letter for you to use, but please feel free to modify the letter to. Read More

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TBF Welcomes Bisbee's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund as a Grand Slam Sponsor 

The Billfish Foundation would like to welcome Bisbee’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund (BFWCF) as a new Grand Slam Sponsor! BFWCF is working with The Billfish Foundation and top technological experts to bring The Billfish Foundation’s Tag & Release program into the future. The goal is to make the program more engaging, efficient and a more effective way to report a wide range of data from around the world. With the evolution of the program and the continued support of the recreational community, we will learn how to better protect our waters highly migratory species.    Read More

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TBF's Ellen Peel Presents the Sid Johnson Memorial Conservation Trophy in Tobago

TBF Sid Johnson Memorial TrophyDuring the 2013 Marlin Madness Tournament in Tobago, TBF President Ellen Peel presented the Sid Johnson Memorial Conservation Trophy to Team Vespar for the most marlin releases during the 2012 Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit . Team captain Frothy DeSilva accepted the trophy on behalf of the team and was extremely grateful for receiving the first annual Sid Johnson Memorial Conservation Trophy. The late Sid Johnson was an early advocate for catch and release billfishing in the Southern Caribbean and served on TBF's Board of Directors.   Read More

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TBF Inspired Mural Project Participants Receive National Recognition

Billfish Foundation Education Day at Marlins ParkThe Billfish Foundation would like to congratulate South Broward High School's student Jessica Jessup and teacher Susan Ostheim for winning 'Week of the Ocean Student of the Year and Teacher of the Year' for the "Shark Wall" inspired by marine artist Carey Chen. The Billfish Foundation had the beautiful hammerhead shark mount donated in 2012 for use at South Broward High School. Jessica will be recognized for her achievements in organizing the Billfish Art Exhibit in December 2012. They will both be recognized formally on Saturday, May 18th at the Cinema Paradiso in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The public is invited to attend the May 18 lunch and awards ceremony.  Read More

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Keep an Eye Out for TBF at Upcoming Tournaments This Summer!

The Billfish Foundation team will be on the road this summer at several tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, and along the Atlantic seaboard loaded with TBF gear, tagging supplies, and incredible TBF logoed YETIs. In addition to all the fun that is sure to be had, we are going to be there to answer any questions you may have, raise awareness about TBF's current projects, and demonstrate the new Tag and Release Online Database. We look forward to seeing everyone and good luck out there.

Check out TBF's Tournament Schedule

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