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TART Kona USA 2014


 
 
 

TART Kona, USA 2014 Race Update

DECEMBER 2014 -- We are halfway through the race where four Pacific blues are battling it out to see which will swim the farthest!

As described in the first update, two tags were deployed during the annual Tag and Release Tournament (TART) that took place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA this past September. Since the tournament concluded, two more tags were deployed by Kona Captains on Pacific blues.

On October 30, 2014, Kona Blue Capt. Dave Crawford put the third tag on a 113 kg (250 lb) marlin caught by angler Evan 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 24th 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 second blue, a 91 kg (200 lb) fish that was tagged by Capt. McGrew Rice of Ihui Nui .

The tags are programmed to pop-off after 180 days, so we should be hearing from the fish during the first week of March 2015, at which time our partners at Stanford will begin to analyze the data and create tracks that show where the fish went.

The three other tags are scheduled to be deployed from Ihui Nui Capt. McGrew Rice, Northern Lights Capt. Kevin Nakamaru, and Kona Blue Capt. Bill “BC” Crawford.

Please stay tuned for more updates on the 2014 TART Kona, USA IGMR and for updates on where and when you can watch the 2014 TART action.