Returning to Montauk, New York july 11-13,2014
The Shark’s Eye All-Release Tournament & Festival Presented by Land Shark Lager, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Dan’s Papers; Boats Entering Now to Compete for More Than Ten Thousand Dollars in Cash and Prizes.
The Shark’s Eye Tournament and Festival returns to the Montauk Marine Basin, July 11-13. Limited team entries are still available to compete for ten thousand in guaranteed prize money, provided by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, plus half of all entry fees, 100% of Calcutta and other prizes. Entry fee is $950. In 2013, teams tagged and released 64 sharks including 33 mako and 31 blues. 4 of the sharks were satellite tagged.
While competition heats up on the North Atlantic, there will be plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family on shore at the tournament and festival host location, the Montauk Marine Basin. The companion, shark-themed festival, hosted by the Shark Brothers and special guests, is free to the public from 3-7pm on Saturday and 2-6pm Sunday. It features event sponsors, a wide variety of merchant vendors, live music and entertainment including appearances by Brian Neal, unique attractions, interactive demonstrations and lots of delicious food and beverages, all on the waterfront, during the entire weekend. A dock party Saturday night runs until 10pm.
World renowned marine artist and conservationist, Guy Harvey, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, one of the organizers of the inaugural event, is supporting the tournament and festival again this year with $10,000 towards the prize purse and signed, limited edition Guy Harvey prints for the lucky winners. “There is no other fishing tournament like Shark’s Eye;’ says Guy Harvey. “This tournament combines the thrill of shark fishing, practical conservation measures, and meaningful fisheries research and community involvement into a single event. It is truly the future of shark fishing tournaments:
Wendy Benchley, Advisory Trustee of Environmental Defense Fund and Co-founder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards offered congratulations to all involved in the 2nd Annual Shark’s Eye Tournament and Festival. “Peter and I worked for many years on ocean conservation issues so I am pleased to be attending this year in support of the event and the continued efforts of Sean and Brooks Paxton, as they bring their comprehensive and collaborative approach of shark-release tournaments to new venues such as Montauk, the birthplace of recreational shark fishing. The Paxton brothers are talented, innovative leaders in the evolution of shark tournaments from the killing of these apex predators, so valuable to the health of our oceans, into an exciting, education-oriented sporting event where the thrilling and dangerous act of bringing a shark alongside the boat for measuring, tagging and releasing results in an exhilarating experience for all — the anglers, their families and the public.”
Participating scientists and their teams will attach satellite tags made available by OCEARC H to certain species, such as mako, thresher and blue sharks to monitor their movements after release. Competitors and the public can then track their movements on the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker website www.ocearch.org – the most followed shark tracking site and app in the world. Tagging operations in 2014 will again be led by Dr. Greg Skomal and Dr. Nancy Kohler. Satellite-tagged sharks will be named by competing anglers and local school children.