Take Marlin off the Menu is a national campaign to protect billfish from over-exploitation, with a goal of removing marlin, sailfish and spearfish from commercial sale in the United States. The campaign is a joint project of Wild Oceans (formerly the National Coalition for Marine Conservation or NCMC) and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). Our objectives are to use public awareness and political action to:
- Educate the American public and consumers about the threat to these magnificent fish, the lions and tigers of the sea.
- Enlist chefs, restaurants and seafood vendors to voluntarily remove marlin from U.S. markets.
- Build support for billfish conservation among U.S. policymakers, with the ultimate goal of prohibiting the importation and sale of marlin and sailfish and promoting conservation of billfish at international fishery management bodies.
Meet the International Game Fish Association
Learn more about marlin, sailfish and spearfish, their role in the ocean and the status of their populations. Be sure to view our species fact sheets.
Marlin and other billfish populations throughout the world are being wiped out by overharvesting. They may also contain harmful levels of mercury.
Learn more about how the campaign plans to achieve the goal
Find suggestions for chefs, restaurants owners, food shops, seafood wholesalers, consumers and anglers.
See a list of restaurants and seafood retailers who have taken the pledge and agreed to stop serving billfish.
View our press releases and news items,
We'd like to hear from you: questions about the campaign and/or billfish,