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The Bertarelli Foundation Wins 2014-2015 IGMR

The 2014-2015 Race Year was the largest race season to date with a total of 63 tags deployed on 27 black marlin, 20 blue marlin,  8 striped marlin, 6 shortbill spearfish, and 2 sailfish in the Bahamas, USA, Nicaragua, Australia, Seychelles, Panama, and Costa Rica. Combined, these fish swam a total linear distance (the point the tag is deployed to the point the tag pops up) of 57,085 nm! One fish, however, was responsible for swimming 10% of the total distance.

On October 28, 2014, during the 2014 Lizard Island, Australia IGMR, Mark Paterson reeled in an estimated 499 kg (1,100 lb) black marlin while fishing aboard Kalira with Capt Ashley Wallis. Exactly 180 days later after the healthy release, the tag popped up to reveal the fish swam an incredible distance of 5,716 nm across the Pacific Ocean, nearly reaching South America! Congratulations to Ernesto Bertarelli, the winning sponsor of the 2014-2015 Race Year! His winning fish is not only the longest distance swam by any billfish in the IGFA Great Marlin Race, but to our knowledge, is the longest linear distance ever recorded on a billfish by an electronic tag.

The Bertarelli Foundation has been a valued supporter of the Great Northern Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic and has generously sponsored 25 tags for the IGFA Great Marlin Race, 15 of which were deployed during the 2014 Lizard, Island Australia IGMR. The IGFA is thrilled to invite and honor the Bertarelli Foundation during the 32nd Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet on January 29, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.