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TBF's 2014 Tag & Release Winners Announced!
The tag and release reports are in and the results have finally be tallied. This year was truly a record year for billfish anglers and for TBF’s Tag & Release Program. Above are some of the top anglers and captains from across the world at the apex of this amazing sport. Congratulations to all the winners and TBF hopes to see everyone at the awards ceremony on Friday, February 13 in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island during the 2015 Miami International Boat Show. See below for more information and full list of award recipients. Winners are asked to RSVP for the event by Monday January 12, 2015. TBF thanks our Tag and Release Sponsors, Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, Casa Vieja Lodge,Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic, King Sailfish Mounts and SIMRAD.
Check out the Award Winners!
Miami Boat Show and Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show are Just Around the Corner!
Check out TBF’s new location at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show! The event takes place at Collins Ave (S.R. A1A) stretching from 41st to 54th streets on the Indian Creek Waterway. The TBF display will be in the large tent on a barge, ramp 14, pavilion 46. This is a free event, so no tickets are required.
TBF will also have a display at the Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. We will be located in the West Marine Mart, #2913.
Dates for both events are Thursday, February 12th – Monday February 16th. Check out the latest billfish recaptures, stock up on TBF apparel, and be sure to join or renew your membership as TBF will be giving out cool gear from our sponsors Pelagic and Costa!
Finalized Amendment 7 Measures for Bluefin Tuna
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released the final regulations for the domestic management of western Atlantic bluefin tuna with Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan. Anglers in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida will applaud the decision to maintain closed zones and to allocate a portion of the trophy bluefin quota to Gulf anglers. These new regulations were developed to reduce the amount of dead discards, increase accountability and reporting requirements, and ensure regulations are consistent with international management goals. Maximizing fishing opportunity is also a major objective of the amendment to help the US maintain its quota of bluefin, which if not utilized, could be allocated to other countries with less stringent regulations or regards for conservation.
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Recreational HMS Economic Contributions from Mid-Atlantic to Maine
HMS Permit Holders Expenditures in 2011
• $151 million on boats, tackle and other durable goods
• Total economic output of $266 million
• Generates $96 million in salaries and more than 1,800 jobs
Billfishing in Mid-Atlantic to Maine in 2011
• Private boat owners spent $4.6 million over 5,123 days (average of $900/day)
• Spent on average $10,092 in 2011- average saltwater angler for all other saltwater species spent $1,312
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Costa/TBF Release Report Challenge
“Anglers are the ones who can truly make a difference for the future of our billfish species. They’re the ones out there, every day, in all kinds of conditions and climates, catching and releasing fish, watching their patterns, noting their movements. Imagine how much data about highly migratory fish species we could study if we could gather every tournament anglers’ catch reports during the Quest for the Crest tournament series?” asked Amanda Perryman, marketing manager with Costa Sunglasses.
TBF and Costa want to find out the answer to that question together so we have created the Release Report Challenge. We are asking teams competing in each Quest for the Crest tournament to return their completed Release Report cards with information about each catch to TBF for a chance to win a Costa/TBF prize pack.
Introducing Amber M. Moran, TBF’s 2015 Artist of the Year!
TBF is pleased to announce our 2015 artist, Amber M. Moran. Amber created a unique painting titled “Global Marlin” exclusively for TBF. Those donating $50 or more will receive an awesome t-shirt with this exclusive artwork, and members contributing $250 or more will also receive a full-sized signed and numbered print of “Global Marlin” that will be a great addition to any angler’s home, office or boat salon!
TBF will be doing a profile on Amber in the upcoming issue of Billfish magazine, be sure to check it out!
Not quite sure of the features of the TBF's online database (www.tagbillfish.org), how to report your tagged billfish or even how to register? Check out our tutorials!