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Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Awards Presented at TBF's Enchanted Forest Masquerade Ball

Brownlee & Cunningham The Billfish Foundation’s most prestigious award, the Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award, is named in honor of the late John Rybovich, a pioneer in billfish conservation and sportfishing vessel design. This year’s winners represent the marine publishing industry, the field of billfish science and an individual advocate and organizer for advancing responsible fishing. Congratulations C.M. “Rip” Cunningham, Dr Julian Pepperell & Herman “Dutch” Prager!

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TBF's 2014 Tag & Release Competition Deadline Nov. 15!

Ellen Peel with Award Winner TBF'S Annual Tag and Release Competition is almost over for 2014. The final counts are still being tallied, but the competition is closer than ever with teams, anglers and captains breaking records in both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. The Top Overall Captains are led by Capt. Pete Rae (Release) and Capt. Josh Temple (Tag). Top Overall Anglers are currently Pat McCotter (Release) and Keith Brandner (Tag) with Tiffany Sisolak (Release) and Sandra MacMillan (Tag) as Top Overall Lady Anglers. Last, but not least in the Top Overall Youth categories are Shawn MacMullin (Youth Tag) and Bo Ingram (Youth Release).  Award winners will be announced in January and are recognized at TBF’s Annual Tag & Release Awards Ceremony held during the Miami International Boat Show presented by the TBF Tag and Release Sponsors, Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic, King Sailfish Mounts and SIMRAD.

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          SOFLA Sailfish Circuit Begins

SOFLA Sailfish CircuitAre you ready for sailfishing season? If so, check out TBF’s new SoFlo Sailfish Circuit. This new regional competition gives crews from Port St. Lucie to Key West a chance to win great prizes and be recognized as the best in South Florida. Find out more and get involved to find out who the best captains, anglers and mates really are!

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Results of Public Consultation on the Future of Bermuda's EEZ

The Future of Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone: Outcome of the Public ConsultationIn 2013, the Bermudian government began the ongoing process of evaluating options for the future management of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).From September 3rd to October 31st of 2013, public consultation was conducted and the results of this consultation have recently been released by the Sustainable Development Department. The report, The Future of Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone: Outcome of the Public Consultation, reflects the diversity of opinions held by stakeholders. Most of all, the report emphasizes the need for the government of Bermuda to identify and evaluate the many important ecological, social, cultural and economic issues to be further addressed before any decisions about the future of its EEZ can be made.

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Fall Edition of Billfish 

Billfish 2014 v3 cover Hot off the press and en route to the mailboxes of TBF members and sponsors, the Fall edition of Billfish is packed full of great features including a welcome to new TBF Board Member, Curtis Colgate, Safe Handling Practices, Central American update and much more! Make sure your membership is up to date so that you can receive this great publication in the mail or a digital version in your inbox very soon.

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