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March 2014

Record Attendance at TBF's Tag and Release Award Dinner!

2013 TBF Tag and Release Awards

This year's crowd at The Billfish Foundation's (TBF) Tag and Release Ceremony held on February 13 was the largest on record with over 200 people in attendance from around the globe. Over 20 winners were recognized and lauded for their conservation efforts and accepted their 2013 Tag & Release Awards at Miami's Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. Bisbee's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund sponsored the 24th annual award ceremony and the stunning awards were presented by King Sailfish Mounts. TBF would also like to thank all of our Tag and Release Program Sponsors (Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa Sunglasses, and Pelagic Gear) for sponsoring TBF's cornerstone program for billfish conservation. The incredible ceremony would not be possible without the support of Deceiver Charters for sponsoring the open bar and Sailfish Brewery for the local craft beers at the ceremony. To see pictures from the event and read more about the winners, Click Here.

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An Important Step For Bermuda's EEZ

On March 4th the Premier of Bermuda, Craig Cannonier, ordered Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) not be included within the Hamilton Declaration, a multi-lateral agreement for increased protection of the greater Sargasso Sea. The Hamilton Declaration is set to be signed and executed by the signatories, including several interested countries, on March 11, 2014 in Hamilton, Bermuda and will establish The Sargasso Sea Commission to “exercise a stewardship role for the Sargasso Sea and keep its health, productivity and resilience under continual review.”

A group called the Bermuda Exclusive Economic Stakeholders' Caucus has been working with the Premier on the importance of maintaining flexibility for the future plans for Bermuda's EEZ. Following their recent meeting with the Premier on the Hamilton Declaration, the Caucus stated “The Premier made it very clear that the best interest of Bermuda and her people must be paramount at all times, and no risk of impediment complete control of our EEZ would be accepted.”  Read More

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New Issues of TBF's Youth Publication's Sailfish and Spearfish Hot Off The Press!

Did you know TBF distributes two FREE youth publications for schools? Spearfish, our middle school level, and Sailfish, our high school level publications are distributed twice a year at no cost to the school. All TBF asks in return are some pictures, art, or creative writing submissions based off the marine conservation topics from the magazines. We might even feature you, your child, or your child's class in a future issue! Check out the most recent issues of Spearfish and Sailfish online now. For more information, contact us at education@billfish.org.

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