THE BILL­FISH FOUN­DA­TION AN­NOUNCES AN­NUAL AWARD WIN­NERS

Lead­ers in con­ser­va­tion and re­search to be hon­ored

Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE - BY PETER CHAIBONGSAI

The Bill­fish Foun­da­tion has an­nounced the win­ners of its pres­ti­gious Life­time Achieve­ment and its Club of Ex­cel­lence awards for 2017.

The Winthrop P. Rock­e­feller Life­time Achieve­ment Award will honor Michael L. Far­rior for his vol­un­teer work in ad­vanc­ing re­spon­si­ble fish­ing, host­ing trips for youth an­glers and re­cu­per­at­ing mil­i­tary vet­er­ans, and his ded­i­ca­tion to shar­ing the his­tory of fish­ing. Far­rior is a mem­ber of the Tuna Club of Avalon.

Capt. Peter B. Wright will re­ceive the John Ry­bovich Life­time Achieve­ment Award for his achieve­ments as a sport­fish­ing cap­tain. Wright in­tro­duced TBF to the ben­e­fits of nonoff­set cir­cle hooks and helped dis­trib­ute thou­sands of them around the world.

Dr. Eric Prince will ac­cept the Pax­ton H. Offield Life­time Sci­ence Achieve­ment Award. Prince spear­headed the first in­ter­na­tional At­lantic bill­fish re­search pro­gram, en­cour­aged TBF’s ex­pan­sion of tra­di­tional and satel­lite tag­ging, and of­ten pro­vided the only sci­en­tific voice for bill­fish.

The West Palm Beach Fish­ing Club will be hon­ored as the Club of Ex­cel­lence, thanks to its ini­tia­tives ben­e­fit­ing con­ser­va­tion and sci­ence for many species. TBF will also rec­og­nize the Hat­teras Mar­lin Club.

DR. ERIC PRINCE MICHAEL L. FAR­RIOR

CAPT. PETER B. WRIGHT

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