2nd Annual Shark’s Eye Tournament News Release, July 14, 2014. 53 Sharks Caught and Released, 6 Satellite Tags Deployed
The 2nd Annual Shark's Eye satellite tag, all-release tournament presented by LandShark Lager, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Dan's Papers, hosted by the Montauk Marine Basin resulted in another banner weekend of highly competitive fishing, cutting-edge science and community involvement led by the Concerned Citizens of Montauk.
Competing teams successfully captured, tagged and released 53 sharks, among which were 24 mako, 27 blue and 2 tiger sharks. According to tournament organizer and host, Carl Darenberg of the Montauk Marine Basin, "I've only seen a handful of tiger sharks caught in nearly 50 years here off Montauk. They surprised everyone the first day of the tournament Saturday". Both tiger sharks were satellite tagged by participating science teams led by Dr. Greg Skomal. 3 mako and 1 blue shark were also satellite tagged.
Excitement was high on deck and back at the Montauk Marine Basin where a companion festival hosted by the Shark Brothers and special guests kept attending crowds informed with catch-by-catch updates and other exciting and entertaining shark information. The weekend festival also featured live performances by Brian Neale and Deep C Revival, interactive educational exhibits hosted by Children's Museum of the East End, Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, Nat'l Marine Fisheries and Rob Osinki. A wide selection of delicious food and beverages was also provided by several local restaurants.
The satellite-tagged sharks will be showing up on OCEARCH’S website in the coming days and pinging back their locations. Six satellite tags were made available this year by OCEARCH, with one of them being funded by Austin Marxe. A mako shark caught by team Free Nicky received that satellite tag which was named for Marxe's granddaughter, Isabella. Four more sharks were caught and tagged by the same team. They were a tiger named Jaimie, another tiger named Big Kahuna by students at the Montauk School, a mako named Chris Nic and a blue shark named Bonac by students at the Amagansett School.
The 6th satellite tag was placed on a mako shark released by chase boat Reel Intensity. The mako was reeled in by Wendy Benchley, wife of JAWS author, Peter Benchley on day 2 of the tournament. Benchley who attended the weekend in support of the all-release event said, "This tournament format is the way of the future for shark fishing. It was exhilarating to catch my first shark on rod and reel and watch it swim away". She named the shark Cate Ells for her granddaughters.
Satellite tagging operations were headed again this year by Dr. Greg Skomal and his team from the Massachussettes Shark Research Program. Dr. Nancy Kohler from NOAA Fisheries' APEX Predator Program oversaw conventional tagging operations for the 2nd year.
World renowned marine artist and conservationist, Guy Harvey, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, one of the organizers of the event, supported the tournament again this year with $10,000 towards the prize purse and signed, limited edition Guy Harvey prints for the lucky winners. “There is no other fishing tournament like Shark’s Eye,” says Guy Harvey. “This tournament combines the thrill of shark fishing, practical conservation measures, and meaningful fisheries research and community involvement into a single event. It is truly the future of shark fishing tournaments.”
FULL TOURNAMENT RESULTS SUMMARY:
Total Sharks Caught Over 2 Days: 53.
2 TIGER, 24 MAKO, 27 BLUE
3rd Place, 20 points: Last Mango II with 11 sharks. 8 blues and 3 makos.
2nd Place: Free Nicky, 38 points: 11 sharks. 2 blues (1 sat-tagged), 7 makos (2 sat-tagged), 2 tigers (both sat-tagged).
1st Place: Nasty Ness with 38 points. 14 sharks. 6 blues and 8 makos.
SATELLITE-TAGGED SHARKS SUMMARY:
5 sat-tags were deployed on sharks caught by team Free Nicky. They included a tiger named Jaimie, another tiger named Big Kahuna by students at the Montauk School, a mako named Chris Nic, a 2nd mako named Isabella, and a blue named Bonac by students at the Amagansett School.
1 sat-tag was deployed on a mako shark caught by chase boat Reel Intensity. It was named Cate Ells by Wendy Benchley.
SPECIAL THANKS FROM EVENT ORGANIZERS TO ARTIST APRIL GORNICK, THE CONCERNED CITIZENS OF MONTAUK AND ALL THE EVENT'S GENEROUS SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS:
Event Contact Info:
Tournament & Team Entry: Carl Darenberg, Montauk Marine Basin
Festival Director: Laura Mastandrea
Media Contact: Sean Paxton/Brooks Paxton: Format Creators & Event Producers
Sponsors Contact: Jackie Lowey
To track the sharks
To view the CBS Evening News TV segment on the 2013 Shark’s Eye Tournament
For a Guy Harvey Research Foundation Tournament overview. http://vimeo.com/71385876
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