No-Kill Shark Tournament in Montauk

Written by on May 2, 2013 in Other News, Sharks
Common thresher shark caught on a line. Using circle hooks like this one greatly reduces injury to the animal.

Common thresher shark caught on a line. Using circle hooks like this one greatly reduces injury to the animal. Photo credit: NOAA.

For the very first time, an all-release, satellite tag shark tournament will be held at the Montauk Marine Basin.

The goal of the no-kill tournament is to help global shark populations primarily by bringing attention “to the plight of sharks.”

The two-day Shark’s Eye tournament, scheduled for July 27-28, is particularly special because in addition to being catch and release, eligible mako, thresher and blue sharks will be fitted with satellite tags and tracked through OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker which will aid in research and conservation efforts. And as a bonus, the sharks will be named by the anglers who catch them!

While this is not the only no-kill shark tournament on the east coast, it is the first at the Montauk Marine Basin that will include tagging of eligible sharks.

Greg Jacoski, Director of Operations at the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF), explained to MST in an email that “‘Shark’s Eye’ is a revolutionary event because it is being hosted in Montauk, which is considered the epicenter of big game shark fishing.”

“There are still many traditional tournaments being held around Montauk and the northeast,” Jacoski said. “It is the goal of ‘Shark’s Eye’ to demonstrate to them that an all-release tournament can be successful and engage the public in marine conservation.”

And if helping sharks isn’t enough, GHOF is providing $10,000 in cash prizes to the top anglers.

To learn more:

Thresher shark.

Thresher shark. Photo credit: Raven_Denmark via photopin cc.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is also a PADI diver and dog lover. .

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