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n. pl. billfish or bill·fish·es
1. Any of various marine fishes having an elongated spearlike or swordlike upper jaw, including the marlins, sailfishes, and spearfishes of the family Istiophoridae and the swordfish of the family Xiphiidae.
2. Any of various fishes having long, pointed jaws, such as the needlefishes.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) US any of various fishes having elongated jaws, esp any fish of the family Istiophoridae, such as the spearfish and marlin



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any of various fishes having long pointed jaws, as a gar or saury.
[1775–85, Amer.]
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Noun1.billfish - primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teethbillfish - primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth
ganoid, ganoid fish - primitive fishes having thick bony scales with a shiny covering
genus Lepisosteus, Lepisosteus - type genus of the Lepisosteidae: freshwater gars
2.billfish - giant warm-water game fish having a prolonged and rounded toothless upper jaw
scombroid, scombroid fish - important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
family Istiophoridae, Istiophoridae - sailfishes; spearfishes; marlins
marlin - large long-jawed oceanic sport fishes; related to sailfishes and spearfishes; not completely cold-blooded i.e. able to warm their brains and eyes
spearfish - any of several large vigorous pelagic fishes resembling sailfishes but with first dorsal fin much reduced; worldwide but rare
3.billfish - slender long-beaked fish of temperate Atlantic watersbillfish - slender long-beaked fish of temperate Atlantic waters
teleost, teleost fish, teleostan - a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
4.billfish - elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jawsbillfish - elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters
teleost, teleost fish, teleostan - a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
Belonidae, family Belonidae - ferocious fishes of warm regions resembling but unrelated to the freshwater gars
timucu - found in warm waters of western Atlantic
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As you recall, Ellen Peel from The Billfish Foundation, Mike Leech from IGFA, Ken Hinman from National Coalition for Marine Conservation, Ted Forsgren from Coastal Conservation Association, Andrew Schultz from the South Florida Fishing Club, Ray Stormont from Miami Rod and Reel Club, Joan Vernon, Monte Lopez, Tim Choate, Bouncer Smith and dozens more attended the hearings.
Paul Walker Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson pose at the world premiere of "Fast Five" at the Cinepolis Lagoon theatre in Rio de Janeiro, April 15, 2011 - REUTERS/Sergio Almeida He appeared in the National Geographic Channel series "Shark Men" (2010) as he was always interested in marine biology; in 2016, he became a board member of The Billfish Foundation.
Recent media suggests that there has been a large increase in bycatch of threatened and protected species, including turtles and cetaceans, in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) since 2012.
However, there has been considerable concern over the ecological effects of these fisheries because longline gears also catch other species, particularly billfish (Istiophoridae) and pelagic sharks (Elasmobranchii), and, to a less extent, marine-turtles, sea-birds and marine-mammals (Lewison et al.
Treasure Cay is home of the annual Bahamas Billfish Championship, and area is the perfect place to test your prowess at bonefishing.
org/who-we-are/) The Billfish Foundation in 2006 - also starred on the 2010 National Geographic Channel series "Expedition Great White (Shark Men)," where he got to work with Dr.
This summer, the 20th annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic will draw nearly 10,000 people to Mississippi to cheer on the fishing tournament participants as they vie for more than $1 million in cash.
As an ex Zimbo now miming the ABF (African Billfish Foundation) I'd greatly appreciate a share on your page to spread the word as broadly as possible.
For instance, many billfish such as blue marlin once ended up at the taxidermist, but today about 97 percent of blue marlin landed by recreational fishermen are released back to the sea.
Field Science--Over the years, In-Fisherman has promoted the release of extra-large fish of various species, from bluegills to billfish.
West Hawaii Acting Battalion Chief John Whitman says witnesses reported that the man leapt from a Kailua-Kona pier on Friday in an attempt to catch a 3ft-long billfish.
Billfish, including sailfish and marlin, are able to warm their eye and brain region.