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  • IGFA | Shimoda Japan 2015 Race
    and Territories Race Updates July 17 20 2015 marked the 37 th JIBT and the debut of the IGMR in Japan where five tags were generously sponsored by the Japan Game Fish Association and the late IGFA Chairman Packy Offield Read more Tag Data Coming Soon Team 1 Forward sponsored by Packy Offield Tag distance 567 nm Team Name Forward Sponsor Packy Offield Species Tagged Blue Marlin Species Size 100 kg 220 lbs Angler Kumi Saegusa Tagged By Captain Yoshi Suzuki Deployment Date July 19 2015 Pop Up Date September 14 2015 Distance Traveled 567 nm Team 2 Phoenix sponsored by Packy Offield Tag distance Team Name Phoenix Sponsor Packy Offield Species Tagged Blue Marlin Species Size 125 kg 276 lb Angler Morio Wakasugi Tagged By Satoshi Ikeda Deployment Date July 19 2015 Pop Up Date Distance Traveled Team 3 Mahalo sponsored by Japan Game Fish Association Tag distance Team Name Mahalo Sponsor Japan Game Fish Association Species Tagged Blue Marlin Species Size 80 kg 176 lb Angler Masakatsu Sakuma Tagged By Captain Shigeshi Tanimoto Deployment Date July 20 2015 Pop Up Date Distance Traveled Team 4 Admiral sponsored by Japan Game Fish Association Tag distance 197 nm Team Name Admiral Sponsor Japan Game Fish Association Species Tagged Blue Marlin Species Size 120 kg 265 lb Angler Ken Tamura Tagged By Tetsu Yoshida Deployment Date July 21 2015 Pop Up Date July 30 2015 Distance Traveled 197 nm Team 5 True Blue II sponsored by Packy Offield Tag distance Team Name True Blue II Sponsor Packy Offield Species Tagged Blue Marlin Species Size 130 kg 287 lb Angler T Ito Tagged By T Miyazaki Deployment Date August 28 2015 Pop Up Date Distance Traveled To see the tracks on this map locate the slider on the top left hand of

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  • IGFA | Victoria Seychelles 2014
    of time and the tag data showed that this depth change occurrence was a quick dive within a 30 minute period The expert also stated he had witnessed similar diving behavior from Yellowfin tuna that in order to remove parasites from themselves will make dives to 1 200 meters m for around 20 minutes and then return to shallower depths Indeed the animal with the tag inside its stomach undertook such a dive to an incredible depth of almost 1 100 m a depth that is much deeper than the maximum depths recorded for any malrin tagged during any IGMR event Since recent scientific publications revealed that Yellowfin tuna exhibit similar diving behaviors as the behavior recorded by this tag and the evidence of scrape marks and teeth marks on recovered satellite tags reveal that it is possible that other animals may be attracted to the tags and bite them we believe the possibility exists that this tag was ingested by a Yellowfin Tuna It is possible that the tuna bit the tag off of the marlin or perhaps a shark preyed upon the marlin and the yellowfin ingested the scraps which contained the tag We d like to thank the World Wildlife Fund for Nature WWF for sponsoring this tag Although we know it is disappointing to not see a track of their marlin their support has allowed for this amazing discovery something we ve never witness before in the IGFA Great Marlin Race As for the other two marlin in the race Tag 2 that was sponsored by Oceana Fisheries and placed on Team Blue Lady s blue marlin popped up on January 25 2015 After 57 days on the marlin the tag revealed that the estimated 70 kg 154 lb fish swam a point to point distance of 600 nm and a total estimated distance of 709 nm The track is available on the race page Tag 1 that was sponsored by Bisbee s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund is still recording data on Team Island Star s 240 kg 529 black marlin and is due to surface at the end of the month Victoria Seychelles 2014 Race Start JANUARY 2015 It s been one month since the 2014 Victoria Seychelles IGFA Great Marlin Race IGMR where three tags went out on two blue and one black marlin during the single day tournament SSFC Big Game Classic Famous for its granite and coral islands and stunning beaches Seychelles is also known for its fantastic marlin fishing On Saturday November 29 2014 The Seychelles Sports Fishing Club SSFC and Bisbee s Fish Wildlife Conservation Fund teamed up to host a first ever IGMR in beautiful Seychelles which became the 15 th country in the world be added to the IGFA Great Marlin Race At 11 15 am on November 29 2014 SSFC secretary Grant Heyer received a call from Marc Houareau one of the anglers fishing aboard Island Star that they had just successfully deployed their satellite tag

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  • IGFA | Balboa USA 2014
    Avalon Fish 3 Team Kea Kai Los Pescadores Fishing Club and Fish 4 Team Joint Venture Tuna Club of Avalon failed to report Although we speculated to the reasons these three tags did not report in a recent email to the sponsors we d like to individually thank these sponsors below for their generous participation Team Charisma Tuna Club of Avalon sponsored by Tuna Club Foundation Tony Sabatino Colby Durnin and Bob Petrina Team Kea Kai Los Pescadores Fishing Club in Memory of Joe Grrr Houck sponsored by the John Donna Crean Foundation Team Joint Venture Tuna Club of Avalon sponsored by Tuna Club Foundation and Robert Webster This was the first event in the IGFA Great Marlin Race where striped marlin were ever tagged and it is thanks to all the sponsors captains anglers crew and participants in the race that we are learning about billfish behavior and protecting the sport we love for future generations of fishing We hope to see you at this year s 2015 MABT IGMR where one tag has already been sponsored by Anthony Salcido Bob and Sally Kurz Abbott Ayloush Balboa Angling Club Bluewater Grill Mark Kelley Gail Anderson Gordonna Clarke Rodney Couch John Doughty Robert Middleton and Michael Poma Balboa USA 2014 Race Update DECEMBER 2014 We have reached the halfway point in the 2014 Balboa USA IGFA Great Marlin Race IGMR where six striped marlin are racing for first place One month after the 2014 Master Angler Billfish Tournament MABT the last two tags of the race went out on striped marlin In the afternoon of October 12 Nate Shill fought a 54 kg 120 lb striped marlin for 45 minutes aboard Andreya Shill said the marlin put up a strong fight for being small but released it with good color and lots of life after he deployed the fifth tag of the race on the fish Tag 5 Team Andreya Balboa Angling Club was jointly sponsored by Hyun Jin Bae Nate Shill Matt Kharrazi Suresh Khemlani Don Ebright Michael Mailman Michael Shill David Beek Jeevan Gore Mike Coon Kenneth Marcoon Tom Ruiz Nichole Burke Kelly Shill Gail Nelson Diane Shill Kelli McManus Sara Unke David Shill Tiffany Reinhold Kelly Normandin and Cortney Walstrom Two days later in the afternoon of October 14 2014 Dave Elm placed the sixth tag of the race on 45 kg 100 lb striped marlin after an 18 minute fight with angler Jock Albright aboard Kea Kai The tag sheet stated the fish looked great Tag 6 Team Kea Kai Tuna Club of Avalon was independently sponsored by Jock Albright Funding was secured for a seventh tag thanks to Anthony Salcido Bob Kurz Abbott Ayloush Balboa Angling Club Bluewater Grill Mark Kelley Gail Anderson Gordonna Clarke Rodney Couch John Doughty Robert Middleton and Michael Poma However when it became evident that the tag could not be deployed within a reasonable timeframe to the other six tags the decision was made to schedule the tag to be

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  • IGFA | Kona USA 2014
    race Fish 4 and Fish 5 never reported Although we hope to hear back from every tag we deploy there is always a chance that a tag will not report We can speculate a few reasons this might happen First although each tag is painted with anti fouling paint biofouling can become an issue especially during long deployments It s also possible for the antenna to become encrusted with organisms which can impede the tag s ability to transmit data or it s possible the tag could malfunction although a very rare occurrence What we believe may also be likely in this particular race is these tags were crushed when they reached very deep depths In very deep ocean basins like the Pacific it is possible that both blue marlin died and when they sank to the ocean floor the tags may have been crushed before they were able to release themselves from the carcass Although this is very disappointing news regarding the last two tags we want all sponsors to know how much we appreciate your participation This citizen science program not only survives but continues to grow through anglers like you who care about preserving our sport for future generations Stay tuned to the race page for Fish 6 and 7 tracks to be added very soon Kona USA 2014 Race Update NOVEMBER 2014 We are halfway through the race where seven Pacific blues are battling it out to see which will swim the furthest Of the seven tags that were deployed during the 2014 HIBT and the weeks following the tournament two have surfaced The first tag to surface belonged to Team 2 Laguna Niguel Billfish Club 1 and 2 The tag that was placed on their 113 kg 250 lb blue popped off after only a day on the fish and so unfortunately there will be no track generated for this marlin The second tag to report belonged to Team 3 Laguna Niguel Billfish Club 3 The tag popped that was placed on the 50 kg 110 lb marlin on July 29 popped off after 32 days but reported a remarkable linear distance of 572 nautical miles nm We are excited to see just where this marlin went during the month of August The remaining five fish are still actively collecting data and their tags are due to pop off between January 24 2015 and March 3 2015 Please visit the race page where we post updates to each team and to the satellite map Kona USA 2014 Race Update SEPTEMBER 2014 It s been seven weeks since the start of the 55 th Annual HIBT where the first two tags of the 2014 Kona USA IGMR were deployed during the first fishing day of the tournament Since then the remaining five tags have been deployed on Pacific blue marlin Fishing for Laguna Niguel Billfish Club 3 co sponsor Mitchell Firestein deployed the third tag of the race after his father and co sponsor Martin Firestein

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  • IGFA | Abaco Islands Bahamas 2014
    2 followed a similar route as Fish 1 the only other fish in the race that was tagged in the Bahamas two weeks prior The fish swam from the Abacos north about 300 nm along the US coast but instead of continuing east offshore like Fish 1 the blue swam directly south passing Cuba to South America before the tag popped off in the Caribbean Sea on December 3 2015 Although the marlin only swam a point to point distance of 585 nm in 180 days it actually swam a much farther total distance that we estimate to be around 4 321 nm Earning fifth place in the race was Fish 5 an estimated 57 kg 125 lb blue marlin whose tag was sponsored by IGFA Trustee Sean Healey while fishing from his boat Orion off the coast of Costa Rica After 117 days the tag popped up in the Pacific Ocean 496 nm southwest from where it was tagged just northeast of the Galapagos Islands However and most unfortunately there was almost no data reported from the tag despite it being at large for 117 days In reviewing the small amount of data there was one pressure reading that was below 1 850 meters which indicates that the tag sank below the pressure rating of the tag s pressure sensor and therefore may have gone deeper than the depth range of the tag itself Therefore we must conclude that this is likely a mortality and at some point after the tag was deployed possibly in early November although it could have been earlier than that it sank to the ocean floor and was damaged which resulted in corruption of the data and or preventing the tag from effectively transmitting the dataset Coming in sixth place was Fish 3 a 34 kg 75 lb blue that was tagged in Bermuda on September 5 2014 The tag that was most generously sponsored by Dan Doyle Jr of Blank Check was due to surface on January 1 2015 and most disappointingly it failed to report While we have a very high reporting rate for the tags that have been deployed in the IGMR there are reasons why tags may not report Biofouling particularly around the antenna can be problematic Tags must be buoyant and the antenna above the water s surface to transmit the data and fouling can sometimes prevent this Even though we go to great lengths to paint each tag with antifouling paint they sometimes can become fouled during long deployments The fact that four of the six tags deployed during the 2014 Abaco Islands Bahamas IGMR reached the full programmed duration of 180 days is a huge success in itself However that coupled with some very long tracks made this particular race a veritable treasure trove of data for the IGMR A huge thanks go to Captain Skip Smith for making this event possible at the Custom Shootout and to all the tag sponsors anglers and crew that participated

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  • IGFA | Lizard Island Australia 2014
    the belly The tag data from Tag 11 Team Game Over showed that the marlin was consumed by a shark promptly after being tagged and released Data revealed that Tag 14 from Team Kaizen sunk to a depth of 1 500 meters 15 days after the marlin was tagged where it remained for several hours before floating to the surface Because the pin was not broken and the tag was not at a zero depth change long enough to initiate the standard premature release it is likely that the marlin had died and the carcass subsequently was eaten freeing the tag to float away The good news is that the tag collected about two weeks of data before it reported and a nice track was produced and shows the marlin traveled directly east and then back again before heading 253 nautical miles nm south along the coast Data showed that the pin on Tag 2 was not broken so we must reason that the tag pulled free from Team Amokura s marlin However the tag surfaced after collecting data for a month on the marlin and the track shows that from mid October into November the black swam south east and circled the small islands off the east coast of Cairns The tag data from Tag 19 showed that the marlin and the tag were consumed by a shark immediately after being released It is worth mentioning that Team Maverick recorded on their data sheet that their marlin was swimming away with ease despite some bleeding from the gills which may have led to the predation event Data from Tag 21 revealed that Team Duyfken s marlin and tag were also consumed by a shark Interestingly all of the predations appear to have happened within an hour or two after the fish was released As for why the tags pulled free from two of the marlin it is impossible to determine but we cannot rule out the likelihood that these were also predation events in which the tag simply was never ingested by the predator An alternative explanation could be the large size of the black marlin which may have made it difficult to get the tag set in the proper manner Alternatively the marlin may just be bigger and faster which could result in more stress on the tag Or perhaps it is a combination of the two explanations where the tag may not be completely secure and the large marlin are encountering many hungry sharks which would mean a lot of fast movements and escape behaviors which may simply rip the tag free whether or not it is securely set vigorous activity may pull out even a secure tag The other 16 tags are currently still gathering data on marlin and are scheduled to pop up between April and May of this year We can t wait to see where these marlin swim Lizard Island Australia 2014 Race Start DECEMBER 2014 Due to the damage caused by Cyclone

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  • IGFA | Watamu Kenya 2013
    a large loop and returning to nearby waters wear it was tagged Team 4 Unreel s blue marlin the second fish tagged in the race by Unreel Capt Rob Helier earned fourth place for swimming a point to point distance of 44 nm in just five days As noted in the previous update since the miniPATs have to float at the surface for a period of four days before they begin to transmit data a five day deployment period means that it was likely only on the blue for one day at most Therefore since we can only receive one location per day from the tags under the best of circumstances a track couldn t be produced for this tag Last but not least Team 3 Simba s blue marlin earned fifth place for traveling a linear distance of 37 nm in 27 days Based on the data that was returned from this tag the marlin succumbed to predation almost immediately after the tag was deployed on the fish Therefore there will also be no track generated for this fish Since the final tag of the IGMR popped up on Christmas day it will be about one more month before the tag is done transferring its stored data to ARGOS At that time we will be able to develop a track for this tag and then information on all five tags will be combined into a single report IGFA and Stanford University would like to thank the African Billfish Foundation captains crew sponsors and taggers from the Watamu Kenya IGMR The tag data from this race will greatly contribute to data collected from other billfish in the Indian Ocean Watamu Kenya 2013 Race Update MARCH 2014 Seven months ago the first tag of the Watamu Kenya 2013 IGFA Great Marlin Race was deployed on August 19 2013 by Sammy Tuva after Sam Horner reeled in the 80 kg 176 lb black marlin after a 20 minute fight aboard Ol Jogi II According to the African Billfish Foundation this was the first satellite tag to be deployed on a marlin in East Africa The tag popped up in the Gulf of Aden on October 4 2013 and showed that the fish swam a point to point distance of 1 108 nm which is quite far for a 46 day journey On December 13 2013 Unreel Captain Rob Hellier placed the second tag on a 90 kg 198 lb blue marlin The angler Sam Coate stated on the data sheet that the fish was in good condition and swam away well On February 19 2014 after 67 days at large the tag popped up 104 nm away from where it was deployed Although the blue did not swim a tremendous distance it will be interesting to see if the fish exhibited fidelity to a specific area or if it traveled extensively On January 30 2014 Mark Smith hooked up to a 60 kg 132 lb blue marlin while fishing from Simba and

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  • IGFA | IGMR Reaches 60,000 Milestone
    day a satellite tag on a Pacific blue marlin popped up 2 292 nautical miles nm away from where it was deployed last summer in Kona Hawaii USA and pushed the IGMR total miles to 63 764 nm The current 2014 2015 race year has been momentous with 52 tags placed on blue black and striped marlin and sailfish during seven different events in the Bahamas Australia Nicaragua Seychelles and the United States So although the recent pop up is the fourth longest distance recorded in IGMR history and the blue marlin is currently in first place for the overall 2014 2015 race year with 35 tags still due up in the next five months the winning title could still go to anyone The IGFA is proud to announce that since this billfish research program began in 2011 167 tags have been placed on billfish in 15 countries around the world The repository of data collected from the IGMR is rapidly growing each day and provides an amazing resource with which to study the movements and habitat use of these important open ocean fish Thanks to the support from recreational anglers like yourselves we are able to learn more about

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