19 Oct '11, 9pm

Saving Billfish, the Lions and Tigers of the Sea

Saving Billfish, the Lions and Tigers of the Sea

NOTE: This is a guest post from Ken Hinman, President of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation . Like many Americans, I was first introduced to the blue marlin by Ernest Hemingway in his classic 1952 novella, The Old Man and the Sea , which chronicles an existential battle between an old Cuban fisherman and a great fish longer than his boat. Reading the story then, I could only imagine how much that fish weighed, but today I know the real-world record for a blue marlin caught on rod-and-reel is an astounding 1,500 pounds. And they get a lot bigger than that. The blue marlin is, by any measure, a magnificent fish; an unparalleled combination of size and speed that, coupled with a powerful sword-like bill, make it one of the ocean’s top predators. Blue marlin and other billfish, a family that includes four species of marlin as well as the smaller sailfish and spearf...

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