Entries by Faith Benner

Tag Card Completion Guide

The Tag & Release Program is the cornerstone conservation program of The Billfish Foundation. Created in 1990, it was established to remedy the large gaps in knowledge of billfish life history. As a result, it has created the largest private billfish tagging database in the world, with over 270,000 records.  The Tag & Release Program […]

Attend TBF’s Space-themed Gala this month!

The Billfish Foundation’s Annual Gala is almost here! Join us at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale on October 29th at 6 pm for an out-of-this-world Space-themed event. The night will kick off with a cocktail hour featuring a silent auction and raffles. Then, we’ll head into the ballroom for dinner, a live auction, […]

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Announced

We at The Billfish Foundation are pleased to announced the winners of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. THE JOHN RYBOVICH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD  The award is named in honor of a former board member and pioneer in billfish conservation, who founded the Sailfish Conservation Club, the Masters Angling Tournament, the Tournament of Champions and the Gold […]

Tag & Release Competition Update

Listed below are the top 5 captains and anglers in each category for The Billfish Foundation’s Tag & Release Competition as of September 10, 2021. This is the final rankings update before the competition ends. If a category is missing, it’s because there haven’t been enough fish to qualify. The competition runs through October 31, […]

One More Federal Dismissal of Billfish

Traditional tagging of billfish for science produce very valuable data, especially with TBF’s and the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) tagging databases spanning decades. In turn, the data helps support some management strategies that can help recreational fishing.  The large databases reflect the contributions over decades of anglers, captains and crews, who deployed tags and […]

NOAA Increases Shark Retention Limits in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries increased the retention limits of large sharks in the Gulf of Mexico through the end of 2021. As of August 24th, fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico who operate under Shark Directed Limit Access Permits may retain up to 55 large coastal sharks per vessel per trip. Large coastal sharks (LCS) do not […]

TBF Attends ICAST 2021

For the first time in over a year, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) was held in Orlando, FL. This trade show brought the fishing community together and allowed everyone to see new products and meet with representatives from over hundreds of fishing related companies. Thousands of attendees from were present at the […]

Atlantic Bluefin Quota Transfer and Seasonal Closure

  Atlantic Bluefin General Category Fishery Closed Until September As of 11:30pm on August 4th, 2021, fishing via the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category is closed. NOAA Fisheries announced the closure because the 277.9 mt subquota for June through August has been reached. The fishery will reopen on September 1st, 2021. Once reopened, fishermen with […]

Where Has TBF Been In 2021?

With travel opening up, the TBF Team hit the road (or, more accurately, the water) to promote conservation. It’s our goal to be everywhere the action happens, representing billfish conservation and advocating for the recreational fishing community. Here’s where we’ve been so far this year! FEBRUARY The Tag & Release Awards Ceremony – South Florida […]