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October 14, 2010

Final month to go in The Billfish Foundation's annual Intl. Tag & Release competition

Two decade-old global contest helps advance billfish science and management

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - With just a month left in its annual worldwide Tag & Release Program the competition is heating-up across three oceans towards reaching The Billfish Foundation's final tally of data research for 2010. 

For over two decades The Billfish Foundation, one of the most respected international marine conservation organizations, has generated the world's largest private billfish tagging database providing scientists with vital information on billfish movement and populations.  
 
Aided by thousands of volunteers from some 70 countries, fishing the temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans where a majority of the world's billfish inhabit, the information they've gathered has become the cornerstone of TBF's work in billfish research.
 
"Each year from November 1 to October 31, these anglers, captains and mates become the heart-and-soul of TBF's renowned Tag & Release Program," said Peter Chaibongsai, TBF's Director of Science and Policy. "Annually we receive a combined total of 13,500 to 15,000 TBF 'tagging data reports' and 'release notification cards'." 
 
TBF issued an update with the "top five" in many of the categories of records processed so far. (see below).

What happens to the tagging information?
Chaibongsai said once a fish is tagged, the matching tagging card is filled out and sent to TBF with details such as migration patterns, age, growth rates, diving depths and sex ratios, all adding to a knowledge base advancing billfish science and, in turn, management policies.
 
"Every tagged, released and recaptured billfish provides us with one more piece in the puzzle of their mysterious lives," he said. "It's then added and kept in our database. Since TBF has the largest private billfish database, international and domestic marine resource managing bodies like the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), rely on TBF to update their databases increasing their knowledge of billfish. Additionally, documenting tagged and/or released billfish also illustrates the socio-economic importance of recreational fishing to policy makers."

Plan to Participate in TBF's 2011 Tag & Release Program starting Nov 1
To receive an award, anglers must be an active TBF member and have tagged and/or released five or more of a species to qualify. For youth anglers under 18 a minimum of three fish are required to qualify. The winners of TBF's 20th year-long competition will be presented TBF's 2010 International Tag & Release Awards this February in Miami, Fla.
 
"Participation by anglers worldwide makes a valuable contribution towards realizing a brighter future for billfish, our oceans and related economies," added Chaibongsai.
 
                                                                   


The Billfish Foundation's Tag and Release Competition Update from tag and release cards entered as of Sept. 10, 2010


OVERALL

Overall Release Captain
1 Ronnie Fields    - Lake Park, Fla., USA
2 Yoan Alcala   - Duluth, Ga., USA
3 Wade Richardson  - Belleville, Texas, USA
4 Nicolas Winkler  - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
5 Julio Castro   - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Overall Tagging Captain
1 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA
2 Ray Peterson   - Plantation, Fla, USA
3 Ron Hamlin   - West Palm Beach, Fla., USA
4 Bouncer Smith  - Miami, Fla., USA
5 Gavilan Obdolia Cordoba - Pinas Bay, Panama

Overall Release Angler
1 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla, USA
2 Gary Carter    - Duluth, Ga., USA
3 Steve Fancsy   - Harrow, Canada
4 Harry Mason   - Summerland Key, Fla., USA
5 Joe O'Brien    - Manomet, Mass., USA

Overall Tagging Angler
1 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA
2 Betsy Crudele   - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA
3 Julie Crudele   - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA
4 Angel Antonio Fullana - Santurce, PR
5 Dennis Poulton  - Bakersfield, Calif., USA

Overall Female Tagging Angler
1 Betsy Crudele   - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA
2 Julie Crudele   - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA
3 Victoria Roberts  - Stevensville, Md., USA
4 Martha Macnab  - Balboa Island, Calif., USA
5 Olivia Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA

Overall Female Release Angler
1 Monique Comfort  - Jupiter, Fla., USA
2 Lisa Everett   - Nags Head, N.C., USA
3 Carole Speicher   - Leola, Pa., USA

Overall Tagging Youth Angler
1 Bo Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA
2 Tyler Sudbrink  - Greensboro, N.C., USA
3 Ricardo R. Sola Laniado - Guayaquil, Ecuador
4 Taylor Lapnow  - Wilton, Conn., USA

Overall Release Youth Angler
1 Robbie Angus   - Kerikeri, New Zealand
2 Danny Stubbs   - Hollidayburg, Pa., USA


Top Tagging Angler- Atlantic

Blue Marlin
1 Mark Lyons   - Santa Fe, Texas, USA
2 Fernando Lama  - Doral, Fla., USA
3 Betsy Crudele   - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA
4 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA

Sailfish
1 Betsy Crudele   - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA
2 Julie Crudele   - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA
3 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA
4 Joshua Loughren   - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA
5 Francois Horent  - Port Gentil, Gabon

White Marlin
1 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA
2 Victoria Roberts  - Stevensville, Md., USA


Top Release Angler- Atlantic

Blue Marlin
1 Gary Carter   - Duluth, Ga., USA
2 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA
3 Ted Haigler   - Edenton, N.C., USA
White Marlin
1 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA


Top Tagging Captain- Atlantic

Blue Marlin
1 Stanley Carvahlo  - Negril, Jamaica
2 Brett Falterman  - Kenah, Texas, USA
3 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA
4 Scott Hitch   - Boca Raton, Fla., USA
5 Gary Clifford   - St. Georges, Grenada

Sailfish
1 Ray Peterson   - Plantation, Fla., USA
2 Bouncer Smith  - Miami, Fla., USA
3 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA
4 Bertrand Bouchard  - Port Gentil, Gabon
5 Matt Haworth   - Port Aransas, Texas, USA

White Marlin
1 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA
2 Jimmie Roberts Jr.  - Stevensville, Md., USA
3 Gary Clifford   - St. Georges, Grenada


Top Release Captain- Atlantic

Blue Marlin
1 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA
2 Martin Bates   - Sao Vincente, Cape Verde
3 Clark Snead   - Edenton, N.C., USA
4 Barry Daniels   - Manteo, N.C., USA

Sailfish
1 Eddie Herbert   - Hillsboro, Fla., USA
1 Bertrand Bouchard  - Port Gentil, Gabon

White Marlin
1 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA


Top Tagging Angler- Pacific

Black Marlin
1 John Richardson  - Belleville, Texas, USA
2 Juan Jose Domenech  - San Salvador, El Salvador

Blue Marlin
1 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA

Sailfish
1 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA
2 Angel Antonio Fullana -Santruce, PR
3 Cliff Mountain  - Tiki Island, Texas., USA
4 Steve Fancsy   - Harrow, Canada
5 Buddy Schultz   - Tiki Island, Texas., USA
5 Denny Crockett  - Belleair, Fla., USA

Striped Marlin
1 Dennis Poulton  - Bakerfield, Calif., USA
2 Blake Quinn      - Los Angeles, Calif., USA
3 Martha Macnab  - Balboa Island, Calif., USA
4 Ricardo Cilloniz  - Lima, Peru
4 Spencer Quinn   - Newport Beach, Calif., USA
4 Riley Buck   - Ketchum, Idaho, USA


Top Release Angler- Pacific

Black Marlin
1 Barry Alty   - Gold Coast, Australia

Sailfish
1 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA
2 Gary Carter   - Duluth, Ga., USA
3 Steve Fancsy   - Harrow, Canada
4 Joe O'Brien   - Manomet, Mass., USA
5 Harry Mason   - Summerland Key, Fla., USA

Striped Marlin
1 Gray Ingram   - Jupiter, Fla., USA
2 Stephen Palmer  - London, United Kingdom
3 Monique Comfort  - Jupiter, Fla., USA
4 John Angus   - Keri Keri, New Zealand
5 Henry King   - Eastchester, N.Y., USA


Top Tagging Captain- Pacific

Black Marlin
1 Gavilan Obdolia Cordoba - Pinas Bay, Panama
2 Dagberto Arango  - Pinas Bay, Panama
3 Jose Mosquera   - Pinas Bay, Panama
4 Gilberto Secaida  - Pinas Bay, Panama
5 Alberto Alvarez  - Pinas Bay, Panama

Blue Marlin
1 Gavilan Obdolia Cordoba - Pinas Bay, Panama
2 Gilberto Secaida  - Pinas Bay, Panama
3 Alberto Alvarez  - Pinas Bay, Panama
4 Chris Donato   - Port Villa, Vanuatu
5 Junior Palacios-Flaco  - Pinas Bay, Panama

Sailfish
1 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA
2 Ron Hamlin   - West Palm Beach, Fla., USA
3 Chico Alvarenga  - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
4 Robert Brinkmeyer  - Stuart, Fla., USA
5 Juan Fulgueira   - San Juan, PR

Striped Marlin
1 Brett Walker   - Irvine, Calif, USA
2 Luis Manuel Araiza Fiol - Baja del Sur, Mexico
3 Alex Rogers   - Bakersfield, Calif., USA
4 Ricardo Cilloniz  - Lima, Peru
5 Bernabe Ruiz   - Detroit Lakes, Minn., USA


Top Release Captain- Pacific

Black Marlin
1 Wade Richardson  - Belleville, Texas, USA

Blue Marlin
1 Wade Richardson  - Belleville, Texas, USA
2 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA

Sailfish
1 Ronnie Fields   - Lake Park, Fla., USA
2 Yoan Alcala   - Duluth, Ga., USA
3 Chris Sheeder   - Miami, Fla., USA
4 Brad Philipps   - Guatemala City, Guatemala
5 Mike Sheeder   - Miami, Fla., USA

Striped Marlin
1 Julio Castro   - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
2 Nicolas Winkler  - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
3 Jose Ramon Alucano  - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
4 Roberto Sandez  - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
5 Julio Gonzalez   - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Top Tagging Captain- Indian

Black Marlin
1 Bernard Vale   - Coral Bay, Australia
2 Ross Newton   - Broome, Australia
3 John Pearce    - Phuket, Thailand

Salifish
1 Ross Newton   - Broome, Australia
2 Bernard Vale   - Coral Bay, Australia
3 John French   - Derby, Australia

Striped Marlin
1 Simon Hemphill  - Luanda, Angola
2 Patrick Hemphill  - Luanda, Angola