Billfish are exploited both as food and as game fish. Marlin and sailfish are eaten in many parts of the world, and important sport fisheries target these species, for example off the Atlantic coast of Florida. Because of worries about declining populations, sport fishermen and conservationists now work together to gather information on billfish stocks and implement programs such as catch and release, whereby fish are returned to the sea after they have been caught.
Swordfish are large and have meat that is firm and tasty, and are subject to intense fisheries pressure, and in many places where they were formerly abundant they are now comparatively rare.
Transboundary movement of atlantic Istiophorid billfishes among international and U.S. domestic management areas inferred from mark-recapture studies.
Jan 01, 2008; ABSTRACT--billfish movements relative to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas management...