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The IGFA Great Marlin Race Scheduled for Bermuda

2015 Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship


For the very first time, the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) is scheduled for Bermuda!

Who Can Enter: All participants in the 2015 Bermuda Billfish Release Cup (June 29-July 1) and the 2015 Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship ( July 3-July 7 Bermuda Billfish Blast, July 9-13 Bermuda Big Game Classic, July 15-19 Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament) are invited to sponsor satellite tags to be deployed on blue marlin.

Winning Marlin: The winner will be the sponsor or team who’s marlin swims the farthest linear distance (location of where the marlin was tagged to the location of where the tag pops up).

Prize: The winning sponsor(s) of the 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda IGMR will win:

The overall IGMR winner (the winning sponsor of all the IGMR races in 2015) will receive complimentary tickets and hotel accommodations to the IGFA Auction & Banquet in Dania Beach, Florida on January 29, 2016

Race Duration: Tags are programmed for 240 days and once the tag pops off the marlin, it floats to the surface and relays a summary of the stored data to Argos satellites back to the laboratory at Stanford University. Sponsors and participants will be able to view their marlin’s track on Google-Earth enabled maps on the IGMR website and will receive a comprehensive race report with details on the behavior of their fish.

Cost: $4,500 covers the price of the tag, a titanium anchor dart, a stainless steel applicator tip, satellite communication time, and materials involved in painting and programming the tag. IGFA and Stanford University make no profit from tag sales. 

All tag sponsorships are tax deductibe in the United States as a charitable donation. Laws may vary in other countries.

Why Participate:This is your chance to give back to your sport! There is a real need to deploy tags in the North Atlantic, and by sponsoring a tag and deploying it safely in a blue marlin helps us understand more about marlin populations and the information also allows us to fight for better international conservation measures for these majestic creatures.

Contact: IGFA Conservation Coordinator Leah Baumwell at [email protected]