The April 12-17 Offshore World Championship announced a partnership to advance billfish science.
The project, which includes the Offshore World Championship, The Billfish Foundation, Marina Pez Vela, the Costa Rica Tourism Board and the Presidential Challenge of Central America, will call on tournament anglers and crews during this year’s event to collect data.
Organizers said that because of the volume of sailfish found off Quepos, Costa Rica, during the last few seasons, coupled with many of the world’s best offshore anglers fishing the Offshore World Championship, the opportunity to tag a lot of billfish to collect data needed for improved conservation was a natural fit.
The tagging project will provide 350 free tags to anglers pre-fishing the tournament so they can properly tag billfish and submit their tag reports to the staff of Marina Pez Vela.
The Offshore World Championship and the marina staff will load the data into the Billfish Foundation’s website. If all tags are not deployed before the tournament, anglers may tag during the event, but no additional points will be added.
Organizers said speed tagging can kill fish, so anglers tagging during the tournament should exercise extreme caution. Better not to tag than to injure the fish. The tagging contributions OWC anglers make will be helpful and will be showcased via the Billfish Foundation’s website and other social media, organizers said.
Other project sponsors include Costa Sunglasses, King Sailfish Mounts and Bonnier Corp.