IGMR at Cabo Hatteras Billfish Shootout

Australia’s third IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) event is just days away! The Gold Coast Game Fish Club in Queensland will host the IGMR during its annual Cabo Hatteras Billfish Shootout April 12 – 14, 2013. The Gold Coast IGMR event follows the 26th Annual Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic, held in October of 2012, and the GAMEX/Australian International Billfish Tournament, held in March of the same year, in bringing the IGFA’s ambitious billfish research project Down Under.

“We and our partners at Stanford University are excited to return to Australia,” IGFA Conservation Director and IGMR co-director Jason Schratwieser said. “The results from the two previous IGMR events on the continent have given us incredible results. It will be interesting to see what the Cabo Hatteras Billfish Shootout brings us.”

Australia is indeed home to some of the IGMR’s farthest-travelling marlin that have carried satellite tags. The GAMEX/AIBT Tournament deployed the second place tag for the 2011-2012 IGMR race year – Bjorn Farley’s 100 kg (220) lb blue marlin traveled 1,035 nautical miles after being at sea 120 days.  The Lizard Island event deployed two tags that traveled even more impressive distances: in a mere 54 days the 400 kg (882 lb) black marlin caught by Luke Cefai and sponsored by Peter Teakle swam 1,360 nm, and the satellite tag placed in a 360 kg (794 lb) black marlin caught by Scotty Taylor – also sponsored by Teakle – travelled 2,577 nm in 69 days.

“Although the satellite tags we use in the IGMR are programmed to remain in the fish for 180 days,” Schratwieser commented, “sometimes they do pop off early because of the high-performance swimming nature of these fish. But we are amazed to see that even in an abbreviated period of tagged time, these Australian fish are swimming amazing distances.”

To learn more about the IGMR Australian events, visit the Lizard Island IGMR page and the GAMEX/AIBT IGMR page. To learn more about the IGMR and tag sponsorship or tournament opportunities, visit http://igmr.igfa.org or email Jason Schratwieser at [email protected].