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TBF’s New Tag and Release Web Application is Live!

Our New and Improved System is Up!


Photo Credit: Steve Daughtery

TBF is excited to announce the release of its new tag and release web application. Complete with a more user-friendly interface, personalized fishing history, and a revamped mobile phone application, TBF’s new site now makes the process of submitting tag and release information easier than ever.

What Will You Need To Do To Start

To successfully transition to this new platform, if you were a past/current user you will need to reset your current login credentials. If you are a new user, please register here. For those who may be unfamiliar with this process, we’ve created multiple video tutorials with topics ranging from logging in to the new site to submitting a tag. And also, the TBF team will also be here every step of the way to provide you with thorough instructions, reasonable timelines, and all the resources you may need to get you set up as quickly as possible and back on the water.

What Do You Need to Know

Accessibility to the site will remain completely FREE. TBF recognizes the success of our Tag and Release program comes from the captains and anglers who voluntarily report their billfish catches. Next, you will be able to access ALL your personal information and catch history on this new platform. All data stored within our past system is in the new site, allowing all our users to not only retain all their valuable data but hopefully reduce their overall data input time as they continue to act as the cornerstone of TBF’s conservation mission. 

What We Need from You

As owners of the largest private billfish tagging database in the world, “bugs” are bound to come up, especially during this transitional phase. We’re hoping you can provide valuable feedback to our team that will not only remove any and all technical concerns immediately but also allows us to improve and/or adjust the application for the improvement of the user experience. 

Why Is This Important

TBF would not have nearly 275,000 tag and release records over the course of 35+ years without the support of the fishing and angling community. These records provide valuable scientific data to further understand growth rates, migratory patterns, habitat utilization, and post-release survival rates of billfish. The data also provides valuable information for stock assessments that are instrumental in a time when industrial longlines represent the largest source of marlin mortality. This valuable data, much of it impossible to measure without your help, provides the groundwork for conservation-minded policy, scientific advancement, and gives insight into the demographics and socio-economic benefits generated from billfishing. 

Many more enhancements will be coming in the coming months so be sure to come back to check out what is new.