In Case You Missed It - March 27, 2015 News

Our weekly coverage of the latest industry news, conservation notices and more.

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Mako Shark “St. Marys” Comes Calling on Puerto Rico

Caught and tagged off Ocean City, Maryland last May and named for an Ohio elementary school, a fast tracking, young shortfin mako shark, dubbed “St. Marys”, is visiting the waters off Puerto Rico today. The five-and-a-half-foot juvenile male shark is among over 40 mako sharks satellite tagged and being tracked by scientists from the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. The institute began tagging mako sharks in 2009 to study their migratory patterns and now undertakes expeditions worldwide to study them. The school's marine experts have tagged mako sharks as far away as Mexico and New Zealand. In addition to makos, GHRI scientists are also tracking tiger, oceanic white tip and sand tiger sharks, as well as blue and white marlin. St. Marys, caught and tagged on May 17, 2014, has traveled over 7,300 miles, traveling to the waters off Nova Scotia, south through the open Atlantic to Venezuela and north towards Puerto Rico. Dr. Mahmood Shivji, Director of Nova Southeastern University’s GHRI and Save our Seas Research Center said his researchers have special interest in understanding mako shark migratory behavior because this information is essential for proper fisheries management and conservation of this internationally roving species. The public can follow St. Marys and other shark movements in near real-time courtesy of an interactive online website set-up by GHRI: ghritracking.org. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation along with GHRI recently launched an innovative Great Shark Race that allows businesses and/or individuals to enhance research on these declining species by sponsoring sharks through the purchase of satellite tags. The tags enable researchers to study the sharks’ migratory behavior and the public to follow these animals via the internet as they travel in near real-time. The Great Shark Race consists of two "divisions" – the Shortfin Mako Shark Division and the Oceanic Whitetip (OWT) Shark Division. Participants sponsor satellite tags ($5,000 each,), which are affixed to either a mako shark or an oceanic whitetip shark in the Caribbean. Then the shark in each division that travels the furthest in six months wins. Renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey and Sir Richard Branson are "competing in the first race" by sponsoring tags for mako sharks. To learn more about the Great Shark Race visit www.GreatSharkRace.com.
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Pacific Fins, a Guatemala Resort & Marina, Pulls in Great Numbers for Billfish

March 2015 has been a superb month so far at Pacific Fins. They welcomed back many repeat clients in March 2015 and enjoyed the new faces and friendships made along the way. Particularly, this month has been outstanding for marlin. Several clients walked away with their first marlin released. For their coveted sailfish, the raises, bites and releases have been stellar. Here are the numbers so far: March Highlights PER BOAT, PER DAY Raises: 23.67
Bites: 20.86
Releases: 14.29 Although every group did not get a marlin Pacific Fins did average 1.24 marlin RELEASED per group in March. Most sailfish raises in one day: 62. Most bites: 57. Most releases: 41 If you would like to review the full March 1 - 23, 2015 report you can do so RIGHT HERE April is around the corner. They averaged the following in April 2014: April 2014 PER DAY, PER BOAT Raises: 20.17
Bites: 15.79
Releases: 11.96 For additional information and availability: Phone: 1-888-700-3467
Website: www.pacificfins.com.gt
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FishStock Fishing Festival and Tournaments Returns to New Smyrna Beach, Florida

FishStock, a two-day fishing tournament and fishing festival held over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-24) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, roars back into town to showcase some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in the Sunshine State! FishStock is the only Fishing festival that caters to both the inshore and offshore tournament anglers. Encompassing the 39thAnnual New Smyrna Beach Striker Offshore Tournament and the 13th Annual New Smyrna Beach Redfish/Trout Challenge, FishStock gives anglers a chance to compete and win no matter what kind of fishing they prefer! Both of the tournaments will fish over the same two days, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24. This year, the New Smyrna Beach Women’s Club at 403 Magnolia St, New Smyrna Beach, acts as FishStock Tournament Final Registration kickoff party headquarters Friday Night May 22nd. FishStock village and tournament weigh-ins take place at Riverside Park. “FishStock positively affects the environments and livelihoods of many in the community,” said Dan Jacobs, tournament director. “Companies involved in weekend festivities like Bonnier Corp., MarineMax, Boston Whaler and Costa contribute to marine resource conservation associations, local scholarship funds and youth charities. FishStock celebrates the activity of fishing and boating responsibly. FishStock is an exciting Memorial weekend event families look forward to all year long.” Boston Whaler and Marine Max return as presenting sponsors of the Striker and Redfish & Trout Challenge, and thanks to their generous support the Striker will now offer an additional $2,500, guaranteed cash prize for the largest fish caught each day! When it’s all said and done, FishStock plans to award over $50,000 in cash and prizes; including special awards for Lady and Junior anglers. Along with the great fish watching during the weigh-ins, FishStock provides a wealth of activities for the whole family. An onsite boat show with great specials and exhibitors including Boston Whaler, MarineMax, Costa Sunglasses, Tropical Creations and the Gosling’s Rum Band Shelter with live music will keep spectators entertained while they wait for the boats to come back to port. Seminars from the experts at Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman magazines will be available, attend KidStock or even participate in the FishStock 5k and Family Fun Run. A portion of the proceeds from the 5K befits the Run 4 A Cause foundation. The Final Registration, Kickoff Party and Coastal Conservation Association silent auction for both tournaments takes place on Friday May 22nd starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. at the New Smyrna Beach Women’s Club with a party open to the public. Book the hotel room early; Memorial Day is approaching fast. For more information on FishStock, visit www.fishstock.com.
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IGFA'S 12th Annual Angling Achievement Awards Ceremony,

Join anglers from around the world at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum on the evening of Saturday, April 18th for a night dedicated to honoring angling achievement. The event kicks-off at 6 PM with a cocktail hour, live music and a silent auction, featuring great deals on fishing gear, fine artwork, and world-class fishing trips. The 12th Annual Angling Achievement Awards Ceremony, presented by Hugh's Culinary, David Wirth, Papa's Pilar and King Sailfish Mounts will recognize the top record producing anglers of 2014, as well as the recipients of the prestigous Lifetime Achievement and Anglers' Choice Awards. And for the first time ever, the coveted Gil Keech Heavy Tackle & Bob Herder Light Tackle Awards will be given out at this event. This event is open to the public but seating is limited, so reserve your seats today! Contact Jack Vitek at jvitek@igfa.org or 954-924-4246 for more information.
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Dolphinfish Research Program News

From Donald Hammond, Director Dolphinfish Research Program: “Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?” I believe that was an iconic saying from the A Team TV series. Well, that is how my associate Dr. Wess Merten and I feel after processing the information from a dolphinfish that carried a satellite tag for six months. This fish was tagged off Charleston, South Carolina, and the tag surfaced off the Dominican Republic. We have had roughly a dozen East Coast dolphin recovered off Caribbean islands, so the fact that another East Coast fish traveled to the Caribbean is not new. However, because of the satellite tag that it carried, we now can show its actual travel route. To understand the odds that we were up against, you have to recognize that dolphinfish are the blue water menhaden. Every predator in the ocean eats them and they never grow too big to be eaten. This is the primary reason why only three of the 18 satellite tags programmed for 30 days in our first study using this high-tech equipment successfully carried the instrument for the full period. This is also why we considered the long-term tracking of these fish to be a major challenge, one that would probably require several years of effort before achieving a full-period track of a fish. Thanks to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, who believed in our dream to track these fish during the five-month period when they travel the international waters of the north Atlantic, we were able to accomplish this mammoth task at the start of the study. This issue of the newsletter takes you through the amazing travels of GHOF-01 as it makes its way to the Caribbean in 180 days. I think you will be amazed.
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Forbes Magazine names Mercury Marine One of America’s Best Employers for 2015

Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology, has been named one of America’s Best 500 Employers for 2015 by Forbes Magazine. The global marine manufacturer ranked No. 82 on the list announced by Forbes in partnership with Statista.com.“We are honored to be recognized on the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “It is a real tribute to our employees whose talent, dedication and commitment are the foundation for our success. The culture of our company is paramount to our success and it resonates globally throughout the entire company. This honor was made possible with the support of our community and the partnership we have with our customers and stakeholders.”In 2014, Mercury Marine celebrated its 75th anniversary by receiving the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award as well as its fourth consecutive Green Masters Award. In 2015, the company has already launched four new engines and continues its steady pace of product introductions.“The Mercury brand continues to grow in the global marketplace,” said Pfeifer. “Our success is directly correlated to hiring and retaining world-class employees and giving them the tools to manufacture & service industry leading products and take pride in developing a product we truly believe in. Through our hiring process, we continue to offer the opportunity for our employees to succeed by creating opportunities to grow and succeed within the company.”Over 20,000 employees at companies with at least 2500 people were surveyed for the America’s Best Employers List. The survey was conducted with global digital data collection partners who use innovative technology and proven sampling methodologies to facilitate a deep understanding of consumer opinions and behavior. Participation in the survey was voluntary, and respondents were recruited from thousands of sources to maximize reach and representation.To see the entire list of the American‘s Best Employers from Forbes Magazine, click here.
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Kidde Recalls Plastic Valve Disposable Fire Extinguishers

A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury. This recall involves 31 models of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers with Zytel black plastic valves. The recalled extinguishers are red, white or silver and are either ABC or BC rated. For more details: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kidde-Recalls-Disposable-Plastic-Fire-Extinguishers