Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another one?!

It's always a surprise when a new tag comes up  - and the third tag of the race was no exception.  I think the biggest surprise was that it was still so close to Kona.  With all the other marlin we've tagged thus far, by the time they had been at liberty for a month they were at least 500 miles or away.

I want to extend my thanks to the Fish 10 co-sponsors - the Hilton Grand Vacations Club of Japan and the Pajaro Valley Gamefish Club #1.  I'm sorry you didn't win the race, but we sure appreciate your support!

If there is any consolation to be had, I suppose it is that this tag went further than the one the Pajaro Valley guys sponsored last year - which made it only 62 miles, and stayed on for just 8 days.  We're going in the right direction - and 2011 might just be your year!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Two tags are up and the word is out!

It's hard to believe that it's already the middle of September!  Summer is over, kids are back in school, and I'm wishing I were back in Kona!

Fortunately, there are lots of exciting things to share.  First and foremost, we had two tags pop up late last week - both southeast of Hawaii, and in the same region as last year around the same time - 500 and 691 nautical miles from Kona.  As soon as the tags finish sending us their data, and the satellite sea surface temperature readings are all in, we'll be posting tracks for these two tags.  In the mean time, of course, we'll be keeping our eyes open for more tags popping up, and will keep everyone posted.

We've also had some excellent press coverage - with a fantastic article in IGFA's International Angler, as well as Pacific Coast Sportfishing.  And just today the Stanford News Service put together a fantastic piece about the Great Marlin Race - which will likely generate additional press coverage in other places.  Check back on the Media Coverage page to see what other news we've made.

I am also really excited to announce that the Great Marlin Race has just received a Marine Conservation Grant from our friends at West Marine!  They have a long-standing commitment to marine research and conservation, and we are really excited to be working with them to help this program continue to develop and grow.

There are lots of other things in the works - I'll be posting more news here as the details emerge!

Best wishes!