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Paxson "Packy" Offield....Let's Continue His Legacy
Paxson “Packy” Offield, former chairman of The Billfish Foundation’s (TBF) board of directors, passed away Sunday June 14th at his home in Michigan. In 2011, Offield was the recipient of TBF’s most prestigious award, the Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award. Offield’s support of TBF made possible the organization’s commitment to remain firmly grounded in science; and through his support, our understanding of billfish stock structure, ecology and assessment science methodologies has been advanced and remain important today. He understood the power that applied science, along with economics, has on developing credible management decisions.He will be sadly missed, but his legacy can continue if all who were touched by him continue the work he recognized as important.
Predicting Atlantic Blue Marlin Distribution
TBF’s Dr. Phil Goodyear, is currently advancing research to use oceanographic data and information recovered from earlier satellite tagging research to predict Atlantic blue marlin distributions in time (month, year, time of day) and space (latitude, longitude and depth). The methods will be used initially to evaluate climate influences on the ability to infer historical abundances based on longline catch rates for Atlantic blue marlin and swordfish, but may also help forecast the effects of global warming on the future fisheries.
Raymond Bogan Appointed ICCAT Commissioner
Appointed by the State Department, Raymond Bogan, an angler and attorney, now takes the position of Alternate Recreational Fishing Commissioner to the International Commission for the conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) representing the United States’ recreational fishing interests for highly migratory fish (billfish, tunas, sharks). The “alternate” status is interim until the Office of the President of the United States appoints Bogan to as a full Commissioner. The representation before ICCAT is crucial for U.S. recreational and commercial fishing industries are dependent upon the availability of abundant stocks of highly migratory fish. Bogan is a maritime attorney with 28 years experience in practice and during 20 of those years; he has been active in fisheries. His fishery management and conservation experience includes service on the U.S. ICCAT Advisory Committee, which is ongoing. He has served on many U.S. delegations to ICCAT, thus making him very familiar with the ICCAT processes, the issues and the historical dynamics of other nations’ delegations to issues. His knowledge and expertise of bluefin tuna and other tuna issues important to the U.S. and other nations is expansive. At the same time, he remains current on domestic fishing issues for highly migratory fish. He also serves as Counsel for the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
Bogan follows in the footsteps of Ellen Peel, TBF’s President, whose appointment as the ICCAT Commissioner ended at the end of May 2015.
Billfish Summer Issue Has Arrived!
Hot off the press and heading to members and supporting clubs and tournaments around the world, Billfish summer issue is filled with all the latest TBF and billfish conservation news. This edition includes the 2015 Rybovich Award winners, Simrad's Radar for Marlin, Vessel Construction Contracts by Cox Maritime Law, recaps of summer tournaments thus far, and so much more! Make sure to get your copy today, if not a member, join now! Read top stories online at billfish.org.
#beCAUSE Charity Night with Stache & Gosling's Rum
Stache 1920s Drinking Den in downtown Fort Lauderdale played host to another successful fundraising night for The Billfish Foundation. Guests and friends of TBF alike were treated to drinks, raffles and live music throughout the evening. The raffles were held throughout the evening and each had a different prize pack for the winners. The prizes were provided by Costa, Pelagic, Simrad, Yellowfin Gallery and King Sailfish Mounts. The raffle ticket purchases went to fund current and future projects for TBF. In addition, Gosling’s Rum provided several of their products, including aged rum, to the prize packs. One free Goslings cocktail was provided to those guests who paid for the suggested cover charge at the door to benefit The Billfish Foundation. TBF wants to thank all who attended the event as well as our amazing sponsors, Stache bar, Gosling’s Rum & all those who contributed to the awesome raffle prize packs!
TBF's online database: Did you know since 1990, TBF recorded over 220,000 tag and release records globally? Check out more statistics on tagbillfish.org, it's free to create a login and check out the data!