In 2020, SWFSC discontinued distribution of billfish tags, the International Billfish Angler Survey, and the Billfish Newsletter. However, we will continue to log tag recoveries. Please continue to report recaptured billfish and the release of any tags currently in your possession.
The Billfish Newsletter was an annual publication produced from 1964 through 2020 by the Southwest Fisheries Science Center as a service to the international angling community. The results of the International Billfish Angler Survey and the Cooperative Marine Game Fish Tagging Program are described in each issue. Emphasis is on billfish angling in the Pacific, Indo-Pacific and Indian Oceans. The data presented results from the dedicated efforts and cooperation of billfish anglers, sport fishing clubs and agencies affiliated with the SWFSC. We express our sincere appreciation to all who have participated in the program over the years.
Those who want to continue tagging efforts can purchase tags through the Billfish Foundation Shop.
If you recover or release a billfish please contact:
Life History Program, Fisheries Resources Division
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone (858) 334-2826
Billfish Newsletters are now available online only. We hope you continue to enjoy reading about the amazing tagging efforts our constituents have achieved throughout the years.
Billfish Newsletter Annual Issues
2020 Billfish Newsletter
2017 Billfish Newsletter
2016 Billfish Newsletter
2015 Billfish Newsletter
2014 Billfish Newsletter
2013 Billfish Newsletter
2011 Billfish Newsletter
2010 Billfish Newsletter
2008 Billfish Newsletter
2006 Billfish Newsletter
2005 Billfish Newsletter
Special thanks to ECS Federal for providing Section 508 compliance support to make these newsletters accessible to all.