Hilton Hotel & Restaurants Stops Serving Marlin & Sailfish Meat

In a bold move, Hilton Hotels and Resorts in Costa Rica's restaurants set example for others in promoting sportfishing ecotourism by taking sailfish and marlin off their menus. They adopted the stance after working with The Billfish Foundation and  the Costa Rica Sport Fishing Federation (FECOPT). FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. USA. – The Billfish Foundation (TBF) entered into an agreement with its … [Read more...]

Government Seizes Sailfish Meat From Seafood Company

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. USA. – Costa Rican government officials released information to The Billfish Foundation (TBF) of the seizure from a seafood exporter, of over 7,000 kilos of sailfish meat bound for Peru. Sailfish are protected species in the popular Costa Rican fishery. Tico Times Editor Note: Costa Rica's ban of exporting billfish meat was established in Jan 2009. Investigators … [Read more...]

North American Anglers Contribute $599 Million Annually to Costa Rican Economy

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tourism is Costa Rica’s top industry and new research shows North Americans traveling there in 2008 to fish generated $599 million - or about two percent of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product. The study, conducted in 2009 by The Billfish Foundation, Southwick Associates and the University of Costa Rica, revealed 283,790 anglers visited Costa Rica and their economic … [Read more...]

Billfish Agreement is Signed with OSPESCA and TBA

After nearly a year, Costa Rica and remaining countries of Central America have approved an  agreement with The Billfish Foundation (TBF) to create a sustainable management plan  for billfish and other popular game fish vital to growing sport fishing and  tourism in the region. In Jan, 2009, the TBF successfully reached a ban on exporting billfish meat. The agreement between TBF and the … [Read more...]