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September 25, 2006

Paul Walker Joins The Billfish Foundation to Kick-Off 20th Anniversary Celebration

Paul Walker Joins The Billfish Foundation to Kick-Off 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) has officially welcomed Hollywood actor, Paul Walker, to their board of directors as they kicked off a year-long 20th anniversary celebration to highlight their successes to conserve and enhance billfish populations worldwide.  Chairman Brandon Hunt and President Ellen Peel were on hand to welcome Walker and to join California TBF members and supporters in celebration of this incredible milestone. The event took place at the newly refurbished Crystal Cove Cottages that line the coast between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar in Orange County, California.

"It is truly my honor to accept this position on the board of directors and to get my hands dirty in a great cause," Walker said. "Under their leadership, TBF has made several significant accomplishments and has helped to change how the world views billfish."

"The 20th anniversary means a lot to the entire TBF family," said Hunt.  "We are proud of our accomplishments and this milestone not only marks an amazing 20 years, but a huge opportunity to spread our message even further."

"Today, we are proud to have the interest and support of members nationwide and in 42 countries who recognize the importance of our mission and realize the urgency of making a difference," Peel said.

TBF was founded in 1986 by Winthrop P. Rockefeller and is the world's leading non-profit organization dedicated to conserving billfish and associated species worldwide which helps insure healthy oceans and strong coastal economies. TBF's signature research project is the traditional tag and release program that uses the efforts of anglers to provide data and research to scientists and fisheries managers.  

TBF works to educate people of the importance of catch-and-release programs to the conservation of the species.  The Foundation leads the world in advocacy providing legislators and governments with the best science possible to make the best conservation decisions for billfish.

For more information visit our new website, www.billfish.org.