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Ceremony Honors TBF Tag & Release Competition Winners!
Each year, TBF relies on the sportfishing community across the world to report their billfish tag and release information. Since it began in 1990, TBF’s Tag & Release Program anglers, captains and mates worldwide have made this program the largest private billfish tagging database in the world with over 220,000 tag and release records. To recognize their efforts’, each year TBF’s International Tag & Release Competition rewards captains, anglers, and mates and brings out the best in the sportfishing arena.
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TBF and SeaKeepers Unite!
Over 100 guests attended the exclusive member’s only TBF and International Seakeepers Society joint event to promote membership and announce a partnership between both organizations to collaborate on billfish conservation.
The event, free for all TBF & SeaKeepers members, was hosted during the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show on Thursday, February 12th on the Golfito Marina Village and Denison Dock. Art work and furniture from Tony Ludovico was prominently featured, appetizers were sponsored by Savvy Graphics, and drinks were sponsored by Sailfish Brewery, ORCA coolers, & llanllyr Source Water. Thank you to all the sponsors!
TBF and Seakeepers will be planning several more member’s only events in south Florida throughout the year so be sure your membership is active to either or both and check back to learn when the next event will be.
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NOAA Unveils the First National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) kept a promise made at the National Recreational Fishing Summit, February 2014, when it released the first draft of the policy. The agency subsequently accepted public comments and in February 2015 at the Progressive Miami Boat Show released its finished version of the Policy, which establishes goals and guiding principles to be incorporated into all of NOAA’s fishery management processes.
The goals include: 1) support and maintain sustainable saltwater recreational fisheries resources, including healthy marine and estuarine habitats; 2) promote saltwater recreational fishing for the social, cultural, and economic benefit of the nation; and, 3) enable enduring participation in, and enjoyment of, saltwater recreational fisheries through science-based conservation and management.
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TBF Teams Up With Biscayne National Park During Family Fun Fest To Teach Youth Billfish Conservation
TBF had a unique opportunity to educate over 400 children about the Tag & Release program during Biscayne Bay National Park’s Family Fun Fest. TBF was able to show how citizen science drives the program and contributes to science and conservation.
At the TBF station, participants learned about billfish through photos and larval fish samples. Children were also able to participate in a hands-on learning experience with TBF tag cards and Google Earth. To learn more about TBF’s education programs or to have TBF come to an event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Captain's Tips & Tricks
Capt. Chris Sheeder from Casa Vieja Lodge, a Tag & Release Program Sponsor, gives us his tips for hooking up and releasing multiple fish. Sheeder, like most captains will tell you, “the best time to be fishing for doubles, triples or quads is when you have one on.” Often times when a billfish shows up in your spread, it’s not alone and perhaps the best teaser you can have in your spread is another billfish.
After the first fish is hooked, Sheeder suggests turning the boat in the direction of whatever side the fish is hooked on and bringing in the other teasers. After teasers are cleared, pitch baits on the side of the boat to avoid tangles and try to raise a second, third or fourth fish in large circles until the fish stop biting.
Another "Baby" Blue Marlin Identified!
Last August, on an overnight trip out of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, fishing on Take Five, Brian Narron, Van Narron, and Capt. Teak Bell had this little guy swimming in the transom lights while they were dip netting for bait.
They were originally convinced it was a sailfish, until they read the "baby blue marlin" article on billfish.org. They thought it was a sailfish due to the “sailfish-like” dorsal fin but blue marlin also have a “sail” early in life. Eventually the dorsal fin recedes and their bill grows out.
Thanks for asking us and releasing it again guys. We hope to see it again when it grows to over 1000+ lbs!
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TBF Publications Now Available Online!
Ever wonder what science has come from The Billfish Foundation? Several published pieces that highlight some of the work TBF has done since 1986 are now available to view online. Check them out here!
TBF's online database tip: Check out which anglers are participating in TBF's Tag & Release program - Just go to the log in screen to see the last 10 entries into the database!