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August 2013

Update on Blue Halo - A Potential No-Take Marine Reserve in Bermuda

Bermuda Blue Halo

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) has been keeping a close eye on the developments of the 'Blue Halo' in Bermuda which is proposed to make a large no-take marine reserve around Bermuda. The specifics regarding the potential marine reserve are set to be released the first week of September. TBF has begun to finalize documents for the general public and the government in Bermuda on the economic benefits generated from sportfishing and believes the development of a large no-take zone could have a detrimental impact on the fishing access in what is known to many anglers as the 'Blue Marlin Capital of the World.'  Read More

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TBF Work With JGFA to Further Tagging Efforts in Japan  

Japan Tagging

For the second consecutive year, TBF has made a trip to Japan and looked to build upon the relationships formed last year. This year, TBF’s Peter Chaibongsai attended the Japanese International Billfish Tournament and met with the directors and executive board of the Japan Game Fish Association. The meetings were predicated on learning more about the Japanese anglers, applauding their tagging efforts and discussing how TBF and JGFA members could work together to further billfish conservation.  Read More

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Sailfish Brewing Company Host First-Annual Tag & Release Amber Festival

Billfish Foundation at Sailfish BrewerySharing great local beers with friends and  telling fishing stories is a true American pastime, but what if there was a way to also raise funds for a non-profit just by purchasing beer?  This is exactly what happened during the Tag & Release Festival, an event held by Sailfish Brewery in Ft. Pierce, FL on July 20th. The benefit event was hosted by the brewery to help raise awareness of The Billfish Foundation and raise funds for their tagging program.  over 100 people attended and close to $1000 dollars were raised from the event!  Click Here

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ICAST 2013 - Expanding TBF's Conservation Partner Program

ICAST 2013The Billfish Foundation joined more than 9.500 members of the international fishing industry at the 56th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) show in Las Vegas July 9-12. Hosted by the American Sportfishing Association, the annual trade event drives the global sportfishing industry and is a showcase for the latest innovates in gear, accessories, and apparel.

The TBF Team spent time at the show developing relationships with current Conservation Partners and began to establish relationships with future Conservation Partners. Allowing many of these partners to see some of TBF’s recent accomplishments and current projects. TBF was also able to show many of the exciting projects on the horizon in which they can be a part of.

To learn more about TBF’s Conservation Partner Program, please Click Here.

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TBF Reminds All Anglers To Report Swordfish Catches

Report Swordfish CatchesAs the summer swordfish bite swings into full gear, The Billfish Foundation wants to remind recreational captains and anglers to report their harvested swordfish to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). As of June 31, 2013, the recreational sector is estimated to have landed 5.5 metric tons (mt) of swordfish in the North Atlantic. Swordfish caught by the recreational sector are counted as part of the 'Incindental Fishery' in which a total of 39.7 mt has been harvested for a total of 34.2% of the 300 mt allocated quota. Reporting your catches not only gives a better handle for fisheries managers, but provides historical data essential for the recreational sector when allocating future swordfish quotas. To report your swordfish catches to NMFS Click Here or to read more about swordfish management and Amendment 8 on TBF's website, Click Here.

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