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2015 Balboa, USA IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) Photo
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2015 Balboa, USA IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) Photo
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EVENT DATE: Sep 11, 2015

DEADLINE TO GIVE: Sep 13, 2015

The Master Angler Billfish Tournament, hosted by Balboa Angling Club, is one of the most prestigious and longest running marlin tournaments on the west coast of the United States and where striped marlin were first added to the IGFA Great Marlin Race in 2014. https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Balboa-USA-2014-Race.aspx


This year, the IGMR will be returning for the two-day tournament on September 11 and 12, 2015 and invites individuals and teams to sponsor tags and participate in this amazing conservation project!


The sponsor(s) of the marlin that swims the farthest linear distance (the location of where the marlin was tagged to the location of where the tag pops up) will win the 2015 Balboa, USA IGMR! The overall winner of the IGFA Great Marlin Race (the sponsor(s) of the marlin whose tag swims the farthest of all in the entire race year) will be honored at the annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet in January and will receive complimentary lodging for the prestigious event. All tag sponsors will receive periodic updates about marlin tagged in 34th Annual MABT as well as a comprehensive race report about the behavior of their fish after the race is complete.


In the past year, the IGMR has deployed 63 tags on billfish during 10 tagging events and since the program began, the IGMR has deployed 180 tags on billfish in 16 countries around the globe (97 blue marlin, 56 black marlin, 6 white marlin, 8 stripeld marlin, 7 sailfish, and 6 shortbill spearfish). Combined, these fish have swam a total point to poitn distance of 108,995 nautical miles and counting!


There is a real need to deploy more tags on striped marlin to better understand population connectivity on a global level. The more tags we deploy, the more insight we will have, and the better we can protect the future of our sport.


For more information, please visit our website or contact Leah Baumwell:


IGFA Conservation Coordinator Leah Baumwell at lbaumwell@igfa.org