The SWFSC administers the Cooperative Billfish Tagging Program and Pacific Angler Survey.The goal of this program is to provide information for the conservation and rational management of the billfish resources in the Pacific. Participation of over 3,000 bill fish anglers and survey respondents provide the basis for locality specific CPUE data and information on the distribution, migration patterns, growth rate of billfish throughout the Pacific. Tagging materials are supplied to recreational billfish community and results of research are published in the Billfish Newsletter as an outreach program.
We provide information for the conservation and rational management of billfish resources in the Pacific Ocean. Program staff are committed to providing sound fishery data analysis, fishery management information, and advice for U.S. fishery management councils and international agencies.