5 Mar 2007

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) Report

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) carried out a review of all tag, recapture and release data for the 2005 calendar year and have reported their findings. Headline points were :

  • 11,261 Billfish reports were received of which 3,881 were releases of billfish without a tag.
  • 29 tags were recovered through recapture.
  • Sailfish made up the majority of recaptures
  • 5,242 tag reports identified hook type. Of those, 49% were circle hooks and 51% J hooks.
  • The longest period at large for a recapture was2,580 days (7 years) for a blue marlin tagged and recaptured in Puerto Rico

More info see The Billfish Foundation (TBF) website