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PAST PROJECT: TBF Billfish Tagging Program

Bisbee Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund (BF&WCF) has partnered with The Billfish Foundation (TBF) to give the already highly successful Billfish Tagging Project (Established 1990), a major technological renovation. Because BF&WCF & TBF essentially share the same mission – “a world with thriving fish and wildlife in natural habitats enjoyed by today’s population and preserved for tomorrow’s generations” - the combined efforts of both organizations will result in a highly successful marriage of technology and science based movements that will accomplish the unified vision.

Since 1990 there have been over 200,000 Tag & Release reports with over 15,000 release reports annually across the globe. TBF has accumulated an incredible amount of data pertaining to growth rates, migratory patterns, habitat utilization, post-release survival rates, stock assessments, etc. It is the largest international tagging program in the world.

BF&WCF is working with TBF to incorporate this valuable information into a modernized technology data system and a new tagging device that will readily communicate information and data using cell phone application technology and other developing “smartware.” BF&WCF has formed a coalition of top software developers, database experts, environmental engineers, and the scientific community to develop a modernized system to increase conservation stewardship of this shared precious resource.

If you are interested in more information or want to know how to get involved please contact us through our "Contact Us" page. If you would like to support this project through a donation please click here. For more information on safer tag & release methods, tutorials, and news from the Billfish Foundation please visit