The Billfish Foundation

Our Mission

Working worldwide to advance the conservation of billfish to improve the health of the oceans, associated economies, and fight for the rights of anglers.


TBF collects and utilizes data for advancing responsible fisheries management and billfish conservation, highlighting the importance of the recreational fishing community.


TBF provides a voice for billfish conservation and the recreational fishing community globally.


TBF fosters strong billfish conservation ethics, helping anglers of all generations understand the importance of the recreational sportfishing industry and billfish.

TBF Programs

Tag & Release

Thousands of dedicated anglers and captains around the world voluntarily submit billfish data in support of billfish conservation.


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Tag & Release Program

International Competition

Our annual competition quantifies tag and release activities, using angler-reported data in research that supports billfish conservation.



Passionate groups and organizations that help support billfish conservation and the mission of TBF. Click on their logos to learn more.


Newest Arrivals

Check out our shop, the best place to find all your TBF exclusive merchandise and tagging equipment.

Billfish Foundation Tags
“Combustion” by Dennis Friel
Billfish Plush Toy
“Back with a Vengeance!” by C.R. Buck
Men’s Quarter-Zip Pullover


Latest News

Check out what’s making a splash in the world of billfishing.

Learn About the Impact

Advocacy News

Learn what current events and issues are impacting our community, and what TBF is doing.

NOAA announced a proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the endangered Rice’s whale under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) even though a decision on the vessel speed in the…
The first offshore wind power lease auction in the Gulf of Mexico will offer a 10 percent credit to developers who contribute to a fisheries compensation fund for commercial and…
Speed Reduction Zones – TBF opposes the two recently issued proposals by NMFS and NOAA to apply extreme vessel speed reductions (10.5 mph) along the East Coast to all vessels…
After 23 years of defending the Closed Zones off the U.S. East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) just shared its options in…
For years, we have all heard about the amazing fishery and waters in Magdalena Bay, Mexico. From the hookups of doubles, triples, and quads of striped marlin with daily releases…


Through science and data collection, TBF aims to promote conservation, improve billfish stocks, and support sportfishing.

Tag & Release

The world’s largest, open-sourced billfishing database and the cornerstone of TBF’s conservation efforts. Learn how to get involved today!


Check out some recently published manuscripts from TBF, including collaborative researchers and organizations we support.

Satellite Tagging

From satellite tagging trips to the data collected from them, click here to learn more about why and how these tags are used by data scientists.

Learn About Billfish


Ever wonder what makes a billfish a billfish? Or how many billfish species there are? Click below to learn all about them! 

Thomas Adrien

What Are Billfish?

Billfish are a highly unique species, with the term “billfish” referring to various predatory fish species.

Billfish Species

If you break it down by genus, there are five billfish species. If you use common name, there are 12! But some argue there are seven “true” billfish species. So, which is it?


With three unique publications, TBF has a magazine for anglers of all ages. Click here to see which one is the best fit for you!


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