During the present COVID-19 pandemic, The Billfish Foundation (TBF) staff and board members have great empathy for each individual and company who is suffering physically and economically. Each TBF staff member continues to work, but from individual employee’s homes to minimize health risks to all while keeping the mission moving forward. Office calls, email, and social media postings are checked regularly. We fear that not a single member, donor, or corporation in our sportfishing conservation and boating community will be untouched, requiring flexibility and creativity to regain our footing. No doubt, once this crisis passes, our appreciation for what was normal will be greatly enhanced! With new knowledge from the experience, we will strive to help pull our community together.
Currently, for financial assistance we encourage each to seek assistance from state unemployment resources and from the federal Small Business Administration. We have been told that weekly amounts within states have been increased and that federal assistance may be converted to grants later, but we cannot confirm such.