Dana Angling Club wrote -
BENEFITING: Marlin Conservation, Behavior and Migration Research
EVENT: The Great Marlin Race 2014 in coordination with the Master Angler Billfish Tournament, International Billfish Association and Stanford University
EVENT DATE: September 12-13, 2014
WHAT IS THE GREAT MARLIN RACE? The IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) is a partnership between the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and Stanford University that pairs recreational anglers with cutting-edge science to learn more about the basic biology of marlin and how they utilize the open ocean habitat.
This effort is aimed to improve our understanding of distribution, population
structure and biology of marlin while engaging anglers and the general public in the research process. By learning how these animals use the pelagic ecosystem, we are providing valuable information to the resource managers and policy makers responsible for ensuring their long‐term conservation.
ABOUT TEAM HOOKED: Team Hooked is passionate about fishing and conserving the Striped Marlin and other fish populations so that future generations can enjoy the challenge and thrill of “the hunt”. Since 2008, our team of sport-fishing enthusiasts have released over 120 Striped Marlin in the waters between Catalina Island and Baja California Sur. Most of these fish have been caught in the productive waters near Bahia de Magdalena, A.K.A Mag Bay.
We have confidently released each and every Striped Marlin caught and feel really good about this fact. Ever wonder where these fish come from and go to after the release? What behavioral patterns and migratory pathways do these fish travel? With the pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs), that is exactly what the IGFA, partnered with Stanford University, has set out to do.
In an effort to better understand and conserve fish, Team Hooked has the desire to participate in this PSATs research by purchasing a tag for $4,500. We are asking for your help by partnering and investing in this research project. All funds collected from this campaign will be tax deductible and donated directly to the International Game Fish Association in exchange for a PSAT opportunity.
For a period of 120 days following the tagging of a released striped marlin, the PSAT will transmit information to earth-orbiting ARGOS satellites. The tag that surfaces furthest from its deployment site wins the race for that tournament. In addition, the overall winner of the IGFA Great Marlin Race- the sponsor of the marlin whose tag travels the furthest of all in a given year- will be recognized at the annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet.
Thank you so much for helping us understand more about Striped Marlin and other migratory pelagic fish species.
Captain- Team Hooked