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The University of Miami R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (RJD) has joined forces with The Billfish Foundation (TBF) to develop a billfish tagging program for high school students that will educate, invigorate, and create conservation-minded anglers, ultimately providing research opportunities.
This new and exciting program will provide RJD students with the opportunity to spend time on the water with world-renown captains and anglers who will show them the techniques needed to successfully catch sailfish safely.
Last month off Lighthouse Point, FL students from South Broward Marine Magnet high school had a phenomenal time fishing offshore (some for the first time) and having the opportunity to participate in billfish research. Not only did the students learn about the biological and economic importance of sportfishing locally and internationally; they were able to release 4 sailfish, tagging two of them – adding to the world’s largest private billfish tagging database that provides vital data about the species. And billfish weren’t the only fish they saw; the students also saw a great hammerhead, kingfish and a number of dolphin.
The trip was such a success that TBF and RJD are already planning more billfishing trips for 2012!
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