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2017 TBF Tag & Release Ceremony

TBF Welcomes New Chairmen of the Board Keith English & New Board Member Angelo DePaola

Keith English

New Chairman of TBF’s Board Keith English is an angler still driven by his lifelong passion to fish. His goals include advancing billfish science and using the results to help shape regulations that benefit the fish and billfishing. In addition he will work with tournament directors to continue advancing conservation standards, like tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico that recently increased minimum size limits. 

Angelo DePaola, new President of the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club just joined TBF’s board representing the Club, a long term supporter of TBF and billfish conservation.



CALL TO ACTION - DO NOT Allow Pelagic Longline Vessels into FL's Closed Zone

Credit to National Marine Fisheries Service

Your help is needed to make clear to the NMFS that the recreational fishing community strongly opposes the agency considering allowing longline boats back in the Florida’s east coast closed zone!!  Not much time remains for comments. TBF’s letter to the agency is posted on our website along with a draft letter you may want to draw from or use to express your comments. Then email them to nmfs.hms.pllefp@noaa.gov. There is no reason to doubt a similar proposal may follow for entering closures in the Gulf of Mexico and further up the east coast. Join TBF and help us fight this direct threat.  Read more here.

CARIBBEAN BILLFISH PROJECT - Sound Management?

Ways to support TBF

The Caribbean Billfish Project, a $1.95 million exercise supported by the UN and the World Bank, and executed by the Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC) in Barbados, proposes a ”rights-based” billfish management strategy for commercial, recreational and coastal fishers.

“Rights-based” strategies limit fishing access and allocations through a variety of tools, including marine reserves, fishery-wide quotas based on catches not landings, stakeholder group administration, cooperatives and payment of fees (rents), etc. One published paper from the Project provides “enough value exists in the recreational fisheries sector to compensate losses in the commercial fisheries sector.” This transfer of financial resources would require recreational fishing boats to pay “rents” to compensate commercial fishers for loss of billfish caught by anglers, not just for landed fish.


Sportfishing might be charged to help alleviate poverty in the caribbean… is that reasonable fisheries management? Read more here.

New 2017 Member Shirts Available!

TBF’S NEW MEMBERSHIP T-SHIRTS – SEND THEM BACK ALIVE are now available when you join or renew your membership. Some great new premiums from Costa and Yeti are also available, check them out.  Join the TBF team and help insure great billfishing opportunities and healthy stocks of fish for generations to come.

Come Party with Conseration Heroes

Come party at TBF’s Tag & Release Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 17, 2017, g at 6 pm at Jungle Island, on the Mac Arthur Causeway in Miami. The Crazy Cuban Fly Navarro will emcee. Open bar, dinner and lots of fun all for $75 as you support billfish conservation.  Nowhere else in Miami or Miami Beach can you have such fun at a great price! Purchase tickets online here.

Tag and Release Online Database: Did You Know?

Have you ever noticed the weekly update we post on facebook and wonder why your releases aren't listed? Each week we pull all the data that anglers have entered themselves for the previous week. It's that simple, enter your own catches at tagbillfish.org and you'll be listed with your fellow conservation-minded crews.

 Email your comments to:tag@billfish.org



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