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  • IGFA | TART Kona USA 2014
    Korsh One week later Ihui Nui Capt McGrew Rice deployed the fourth tag on a 136 kg 300 lb fish reeled in by angler Shuzo Aida Although Ken Corday generously sponsored five tags for the 2014 TART Kona USA IGMR when it became evident the fifth satellite tag could not be deployed within a reasonable timeframe to other four tags the decision was made to deploy the fifth tag in the 2015 TART Kona USA IGMR The four tags are due up between March and May of 2015 and we can t wait to see where these marlin swim TART Kona USA 2014 Race Start OCTOBER 2014 It s been one month since the 24 th Annual Tag and Release Tournament TART that took place in Kailua Kona Hawaii USA on September 1 5 2014 The televised tournament takes viewers along for the week long voyage as five boats compete to catch and safely release the greatest number of Pacific blue marlin The concept behind the tournament is to educate viewers about marlin science and to generate appreciation for these majestic and powerful fish This year the TART further promoted marlin conservation efforts by teaming up with the IGFA Great Marlin Race Ken Corday of Corday Productions and producer of the TART independently sponsored all five miniPAT satellite tags to place on each boat participating in the tournament So far two tags were placed on blues during the tournament while three more are scheduled to be deployed this month Capt Kevin Nakamaru of Northern Lights was the first to tag a fish in the tournament On September 2 2014 on day two of the TART Kevin placed the miniPAT on a 79 kg 175 lb Pacific blue caught be angler Brent Nelson Two days later Brent hooked up with a

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  • IGFA | Chinandega Nicaragua 2014
    your account today Existing Member with an old Login Forgot your password Close Events Advertise Latest News Careers Shop IGFA Partners HOME ABOUT NEWS ARTICLES RACES TRACKS WINNERS GET INVOLVED Chinandega Nicaragua 2014 The frst tag of the 2014 Chinandega Nicaragua IGMR The second tag of the 2014 Chinandega Nicaragua IGMR Chinandega Nicaragua 2014 Race Start DECEMBER 2014 Three months ago on September 4 2014 off the west coast of Northern Nicaragua angler Robert Sandino caught estimated around 41 kg 90 lb sailfish that Alan Munez satellite tagged aboard IGFA Trustee Carlos Pellas boat Rum Runner Rum Runner Capt Joe Crawford stated that over the past five years this year in particular he s experienced phenomenal fishing in Nicaragua Crawford also commented Both fish seemed to be stronger and have a bit more of a nasty attitude than the average sail They both fought like little marlin and were both in excellent health when released We are very excited to add two more sailfish to the IGMR database The tags are due to report on March 3 2015 and we are eager to hear back from them IGFA Home Terms of Use Privacy Policy FAQs Feedback About the IGFA Who

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  • IGFA | Marty and Mitchell Firestein Win 2013-2014 IGMR
    from 60 tags revealed that black blue and white marlin swam a combined linear distance of 26 312 nautical miles nm and a total estimated distance of 146 476 nm In the IGMR winners of each event are determined by the longest linear distance a billfish swims from the point the tag is deployed to the point the tag pops up and the overall winner is the sponsor of the marlin whose tag travels the farthest of all events in an entire race year We d like to officially congratulate Balboa Angling Club s Marty and Mitchell Firestein the winning sponsors of the 2013 2014 race year The father and son team sponsored a tag as part of the 54 th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament HIBT in Kailua Kona Hawaii USA where the Great Marlin Race was launched in celebration of the HIBT s 50 th Anniversary On August 9 2013 Marty placed the winning tag on a 113 kg 250 lb Pacific blue marlin caught by Mitchell aboard Hooked Up After reaching the full deployment duration of 180 days the tag surfaced on February 5 2014 On their data sheet they noted that the fish swam away nicely and it sure did their winning fish swam a linear distance of 2 883 nm and an estimated total distance of 12 594 nm almost reaching the Pitcairn Islands This distance is the second longest distance recorded by any billfish in the history of the IGMR Marty and Mitchell have independently sponsored a tag each year since the IGMR was launched in 2011 and the IGFA is thrilled to invite them to the 31 st Annual IGFA International Auction Banquet on January 30 2015 in Fort Lauderdale FL where they will both be recognized for their great accomplishment and for

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Marty-and-Mitchell-Firestein-Win-2013-2014-IGMR.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | IGMR Reaches 50,000 Milestone
    the IGFA Great Marlin Race past the 50 000 nautical mile nm milestone Since the IGMR began in 2011 there have been 18 tag deployment events in 12 countries and territories tracking movements and behaviors of black marlin blue marlin white marlin and sailfish around the globe The current 2013 2014 IGMR race year has been the busiest to date with eight events and 21 314 nm reported from satellite tags so far Tags deployed in Hawaii USA Mohammedia Morocco and French Polynesia respectively account for the bulk of this year s tracked miles but with several tags yet to pop up the winning title could still go to anyone We have had support from some of the greatest tournaments anglers captains and crews in the world to track these fish said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser Fifty thousand nautical miles in under three years is an incredible achievement and a testament to our collective desire to learn more about and protect billfish The IGMR is a partnership between the IGFA and Stanford University and all tracks and race reports are available at http igmr igfa org for anglers to view anywhere in the world Check out the 2013 2014

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  • IGFA | Kona USA 2013
    lead to the tag being crushed before being released from the carcass Fortunately the tags we use from Wildlife Computers are generally very reliable and we have experience a nearly 95 reporting rate form the tags deployed The second tag due up was placed on a 113 kg 250 lb blue and not only did the tag reach the deployment duration of 180 days but the fish swam a remarkable distance of 2 883 nm The tag surfaced on February 5 2014 more than 22 degrees south of the equator almost reaching the Pitcairn Islands Congratulations to Mitch and Marty Firestein of Team Balboa Angling Club California USA So far their fish is not only leading this race but it is the longest track ever recorded from Kona and currently stands as the second longest track recorded in IGMR history The fourth tag deployed in the race is due to surface on February 27 2014 and the remaining three tags in the following weeks Stay tuned for more updates in the Kona USA 2013 Race Kona USA 2013 Race Update DECEMBER 2013 The first tag to surface in the 2013 Kona Hawaii IGMR belongs to Team 3 Game Fishing Club of South Australia sponsored by Ralph Czabayski After 114 days at liberty the tag surfaced 1 153 nautical miles nm directly southeast of where it was deployed The estimated 318 kg 700 lb blue marlin represents the second largest marlin to be successfully tagged in the history of the Great Marlin Race We are patiently awaiting the remaining six tags to surface and we are excited to see just how far these marlin will swim Kona USA 2013 Race Update DECEMBER 2013 On Monday August 5 2013 38 angling teams from around the world gathered just off the Kona Coast for the 54th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament This year s HIBT also marked the fifth year of the Great Marlin Race which was born there as part of HIBT S 50th Anniversary celebrations Now managed by a unique collaboration between Stanford University and the International Game Fish Association the IGFA Great Marlin Race IGMR has grown into a program spanning the globe A total of eight miniPAT satellite tags were sponsored for the 2013 Kona Hawaii IGMR The first tag of the 2013 Kona Hawaii IGMR was sponsored by Keith and Janice Allan of Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club The tag was deployed during the first day of the tournament by Ihu Nui captain McGrew Rice on a large 91 kg 200 lb blue marlin caught by Janice Allan Four days later on Friday afternoon August 9 2013 the second tag was deployed by sponsors Marty and Mitch Firestein of Balboa Angling Club on a very large 113 kg 250 lb blue marlin caught by his son Mitch Firestein aboard Hooked Up Marty stated on the data sheet that the fish swam away nicely The third satellite tag was deployed about one week after the close of the tournament on

    Original URL path: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Kona-USA-2013.aspx (2016-02-11)
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  • IGFA | Mohammedia Morocco 2013
    generated by the IGMR Mohammedia Morocco 2013 Race Update DECEMBER 2013 The Mohammedia Blue and White Billfish Tournament took place on September 8 13 2013 and a total of seven miniPAT satellite tags were sponsored for the 2013 Mohammedia Morocco 2013 IGMR With a deployment duration of 180 days for each tag we have reached the approximate half way point for this race Here is a rundown of all the tags that were deployed During the second day of the tournament on September 9 2013 IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser placed the first tag of the race on a 32 kg 70 lb white marlin that fought for 15 minutes with angler Christian Galtier aboard Gladius The second tag deployed in the race was sponsored by Laurent Sahyoun and sent off September 11 2013 on a 34 kg 75 lb white marlin from Gladius The third satellite tag sponsored by Roger Sayhoun was deployed the following morning of September 12 2013 on a 32 kg 70 lb white marlin after a 15 minute fight with angler Yann Renault aboard Gladius Brahim El Ouafi sponsored the fourth satellite tag in the race and one month later on October 12 2013 Fouad Sahiaoui placed the tag on a 37 kg 82 lb white marlin that he caught after a 25 minute fight aboard Gladius In the same afternoon and on the same boat Fouad placed another tag the fifth tag in the race on a 34 kg 75 lb white marlin which put up a 20 minute bout with angler Brahim El Ouafi This tag was generously co sponsored by Mohammed Filali Karim Bensoltana and Hakim Moncef Roughly an hour later Fouad caught and placed the sixth tag in the race sponsored by Mohammed Rayad on a 42 kg 93 lb white marlin The seventh satellite tag has yet to be deployed and therefore will not be eligible for the 2013 Mohammedia Morocco IGMR However the tag is eligible for the overall race which includes all tags deployed in the 2013 2014 race year Currently we are approximately halfway through this race period and while four tags have surfaced we are patiently awaiting the news of two more tags The first tag to surface was from Fish 2 and reported 22 nautical miles nm after 11 days at large Although it is often difficult to keep tags on marlin for the full deployment period 11 days is a very short time and we are hoping to learn more information about the tag when the data is fully analyzed by our partners at Stanford University After one month on the white marlin the tag from Fish 3 next reported a distance of 691 nm which is quite a far distance to swim in 30 days Although Brahim El Ouafi s tag only stayed on Fish 4 for two more days than Fish 3 Fish 4 reported a distance of 982 nm and is currently the front runner in the race The tag from

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  • IGFA | Gold Coast Australia 2013
    distances represent a straight line from the point of deployment to where the tag actually popped off As evident by the tracks on the map all of these fish traveled much farther We use point to point distances to determine the winner because deployment and popup locations are determined by GPS while daily positions of tagged fish are estimated using a light based algorithm Although very unfortunate the tag on Fish 2 team Sea Baby IV sponsored by Phil McCloy failed to report Although we hope to hear back from every tag we deploy there are some instances where tags fail to report According to our partners at Stanford University there are several reasons this might happen First although each tag is painted with anti fouling paint bio fouling can still become an issue especially on long deployments in tropical water If the antenna becomes encrusted with organisms it can impede the tag s ability to transmit data Also in very deep oceans basins like the Pacific mortality of the tagged fish from sharks or other large predators could lead to the tag being crushed before it releases itself from the carcass However in this case we can only speculate as to the cause of the reporting failure Fortunately we have experienced nearly a 95 reporting rate from the Wildlife Computer s satellite tags we use The tags from this race have greatly contributed to the data we have collected from billfish caught off of Australia In fact more tags have been deployed in marlin in Australia for the IGFA Great Marlin Race than any other country To date 31 tags four more tags than the USA and its territories have been deployed in Australian waters on blue and black marlin with a combined reported distance of 8 921 nm Thanks very much to the sponsors anglers captains and crew members of the Gold Coast Australia 2013 Race It is because of your efforts that we are better understanding marlin biology in the Pacific Ocean basin Gold Coast Australia 2013 Race Start AUGUST 2013 It may be the world s smallest continent but Australia is playing a large role in billfish research The IGFA Great Marlin Race IGMR recently returned to the country for the third time and participated in the Gold Coast Game Fish Club s Cabo Hatteras Billfish Shootout in Gold Cost Queensland on April 19 21 2013 A total of four satellite tags were generously sponsored during this event and programmed to record data for 180 days bringing the total number of tags deployed in Australia to 19 The first satellite tag of the Gold Coast IGMR sponsored by the Gold Coast Game Fish Club was deployed during the second day of the tournament April 20th on a 170 kg 375 lb blue marlin After a 20 minute fight the fish was caught by angler Katie Ripper and tagged by her father Mark Ripper aboard the Castille III The fish was described as being very healthy with

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  • IGFA | Puerto San Jose Guatemala 2013
    up with a 32 kg 70 lb sail and after a quick fight the third tag was deployed on the fish An hour afterwards the fourth tag was placed on a 23 kg 50 lb sailfish reeled in by Fernando Merck The following morning February 22 2013 the fifth and final tag was placed on a 29 kg 65 lb fish caught by Franz Hoffman aboard Tranquility Tag 2 was the first to report and on May 20 2013 the tag reported a point to point distance of 24 nautical miles nm However after the data were received it became very clear that the sailfish died within 24 hours after it was tagged only three other mortalities have been recorded since the start of the IGMR Tag 1 was the second tag to report and on July 29 2013 it reported a distance of 184 nm after 158 days at large Tag 5 continued to record data over the entire deployment period of 180 days and when it surfaced the tag reported a distance of 859 nm from where it was deployed Congratulations to Team Tranquility the winner of the 2013 Puerto San Jose Guatemala IGMR The final two tags Tag 3 and 4 of the 2013 Puerto San Jose Guatemala IGMR were due up on August 20 2013 and unfortunately they did not report Although this is a very rare occasion and has only happened twice in the history of the IGMR this can happen for several reasons In this case we believe that these fish may have been caught by commercial longliners operating off of Guatemala Since it is illegal to possess sailfish we believe that these two tags may have been destroyed immediately after the fish were landed However there is no way to absolutely confirm this

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