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Marlin Sunglasses Art by Costa Displayed at MBS by The Billfish Foundation

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On: Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 9:25AM | By: Florida Marine Times

What do you get when you mix lenses, hinges, frame arms, nose pads, side shields and retainer cord segments from hundreds of Costa sunglasses?

The answer: a very unique, one-of-a-kind Blue Marlin sculpture that the internationally famous sunglasses manufacturer and longtime TBF-sponsoring partner has donated to The Billfish Foundation for its conservation efforts.

TBF showcased the Costa sculpture at the Miami International Boat Show, Feb. 16–20 in its Big Game Room booth. The foundation will promote the sculpture online and at various events throughout the year before auctioning it off at its 23rd Annual TBF Tag & Release Awards Ceremony in February 2013. All proceeds will benefit billfish conservation efforts.

The Marlin art was featured in a recent Costa advertising campaign. Costa also made a splash with a Tarpon and a Bass built entirely using sunglass lens color and frame technology necessary to catch that particular species. The three works were given to worthy organizations.

The Marlin glows with dozens of Costa’s 580 blue mirror lenses as scales and silver and black frame arms as fins. Side shields and retainer cords add realistic detail to the billfish body.

“The response to the marlin sculpture has been incredible,” said Costa VP of Marketing Al Perkinson. “We donated it to TBF for the great things they’ve done for over a quarter of a century to preserve angling heritage and promote sustainable sport fishing.”

“Costa’s one-of-a-kind Blue Marlin sculpture has an intricate level of detail—it’s truly a priceless work of art,” said Ellen Peel, President of TBF. “It’ll be the main attraction in our booth and will raise awareness of the important work we’re continually doing across the globe.”

Besides TBF apparel and tagging equipment available at the show, those joining or renewing TBF memberships will receive free prints from the dramatic marine artistry of the late Stanley Meltzoff or TBF hats as incentives for signing at the show.

TBF staff will be demonstrating TROD- TBF's New Tag & Release Online Database. Presentations will also be made on the many TBF Experiences across the globe.

Now in its 26th year, The Billfish Foundation works worldwide to advance the conservation of billfish and associated species to improve the health of oceans and economies. For more on TBF visit or phone Ms. Peel at 800-438-8247 ex 108.



Stephy21 | 1:36PM (Tue, Feb 21, 2012)

This Blue Marlin is a work of art you would never think of what it was made of but it defiantly is a eye catcher.

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