W!LD Future in Store for the Shark Brothers

Cheers to you and yours this Labor Day Holiday! Before everyone leaves early for the weekend, we're inviting you to join the relaunch of our Shark Brothers Facebook page where we've got some really W!LD new stuff in the works we'll be announcing soon. Thanks to you ALL for the ongoing support, and please LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE. Our online network is up and running including our new Youtube page at SharkBrothers.tv - surprising new content airing there soon. Thanks again! Have a safe and fun Holiday weekend. Sean & Brooks

Series Produced for the Florida Aquarium

On location at the Florida Aquarium. L-R: Sand Tiger Shark, Associate Curator - Eric Hoveland and Brooks Paxton.

Congratulations to the Florida Aquarium on their 20th Anniversary! We're very proud of our collaborations with them over the years including this full-length episode, "Sharks!".

It's part of a 6-part series we produced for them covering Sharks, Sea Turtles, Fishes of the Wetlands, Oysters, Mammals and a LIVE underwater broadcast from a coral nursery in the Florida Keys. Stay tuned as those episodes are shared in the weeks to come. Special thanks to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for their support.

All the best and Keep it Wild! Sean & Brooks Paxton

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Shark Brothers to Deliver Key Note Address

MEDIA RELEASE

CHARLOTTE HARBOR VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU TO CELEBRATE “ECOLOGINOMICAL” VALUES WITH LUNCH AND TOURISM HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Sean and Brooks Paxton, Internationally Recognized as the Shark Brothers, to Keynote Event; 2015 Inductee Into Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame Will Be Honored

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (April 09, 2015) – Members of the Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands tourism community will come together to celebrate “Ecologinomical” values during a lunch at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15 at the Englewood Event Center in Englewood, Fla. (3069 S. McCall Rd.)

Ecologinomical (adj):
That which protects the ecology in order to preserve the economy.

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Shark Brothers to Honor the Shark Lady

Join the Shark Brothers, Sean and Brooks Paxton in honoring the late Shark Lady - Eugenie Clark, renowned shark scientist and founder of Mote Marine Laboratory, this Wednesday, May 13th at the North Port Library from 6 - 7:30 pm.

l-r: sEAN pAXTON, eUGENIE cLARK, bROOKS pAXTON

The brothers will be introducing a rare video interview conducted and co-produced by them and fellow explorer, Curt Bowen. This interview provides a unique glimpse into Eugenie Clark's early explorations of Little Salt Springs and Warm Mineral Springs in North Port. The video presentation will be followed a Q & A section and selected readings of Clark's 1969 book, "Lady and the Sharks," and of the 1978 book "Man Who Rode Sharks" by Bill Royal and Robert Burgess, with a foreword by Clark.

So What's With Your Nickname - the Shark Brothers?

The Shark Brothers roundabout 1976 with their favorite and official JAWS movie shark toys. According to reports, they terrorized their GI Joes in many tubs and swimming pools with them. Photo: Shot Locker Productions

Sharks aren't all we do, but it's a question we get a lot, especially as the weather gets warmer and Shark Week draws closer. For us, it's about a lot more than these fish and catching them, but that's where it started. Fact is, we've had a shark problem for, well...since about 1975 after reading the book and seeing the movie, JAWS, and over the past two decades we've done some innovative and pioneering things with some of the world's best and brightest in sport, science, conservation and entertainment. Along the way, we've experienced some once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

You can see more about it all here. While you're at it, be sure and check out the new website and please Like our Facebook page.

Post-Production Wraps on Weston's WannaBinn Commercial Spot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2015
North Port, Florida

Weston's WannaBinn - Englewood, FL
Commercial Post-Production Wraps on 60-Second Spot
for Promotional Distribution Across Various Mediums

30-Second Spot cut to Follow

Joe Bamford Capturing the action with Capt. Chris ONeill (right) and Capt. Leroy Bennett on one of the docks at the WannaBinn.

We're proud to have been commissioned by the team at WannaBinn to produce their new commercial spots. If you're not familiar with this resort, these spots will give you a glimpse of what positions it firmly among the very finest vacation and getaway destinations available, not only in southwest Florida, but anywhere, for that matter.  

We'd like to thank the team at the WannaBinn for the opportunity to collaborate with them on this project, designed to share the unique and authentic old Florida experience that the WannaBinn offers travelers from around the world who visit to enjoy the natural beauty in this part of southwest Florida. Hats off to Bobbie Marquis, Valerie Hazlett, John Millman and Rob Diehl, as well as the rest of the courteous and professional onsite staff. 

On location. Brooks Paxton (left). Fred Schuh.

 

We'd also like to thank Captain Chris ONeill of Tail Chaser Charter Services for introducing us to the WannaBinn family last year. We appreciated him and Captain Leroy Bennett for coming out during our shoots in December and proving there are some giant snook lurking just beneath your feet on the docks over there at the WannaBinn! And finally, a solid nod of appreciation and respect to the award-winning production team we assembled to join us for this project. Fred Schuh, Joe Bamford and Bert Pence. It is always a pleasure working with some of the best in the business!

So whether you're a local, regional or international traveler or know someone that's looking for a special place to get away, be sure and check out WannaBinn.com for more information and to plan your escape! Like the commercial says, "When you wanna get away from it all to a place where you can do everything or nothing at all, you'll wanna be here ... at the WannaBinn!"

As Always - Keep it Wild!
Sean Paxton & Brooks Paxton II
Founders - Shot Locker Productions

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Shark Brothers Flying New Flag

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2015
North Port, Florida

INTRODUCING SHOT LOCKER PRODUCTIONS
Powered by the Shark Brothers
Dedicated to the Exploration of Wild Ideas

Providing a Comprehensive and Flexible Range of Multimedia and Live Event Production Services.

Scene from Discovery Channel Shark Week "How JAWS Changed the World".

Now that we've got the official press release formalities out of the way, let's get to it. Sean and Brooks Paxton, here. For all of you that know or are familiar with us, you've probably got a pretty good idea about what we do. But then again, maybe not. Fact is, we've been moving at a pretty brisk clip the last several years and just have not been able to take the time and share a lot of what we've accomplished or exactly what it is that we do.  Seems like we're always gearing up for the next project or expedition before we get unpacked from the last one. So we made the time. 

We never get tired of saying it. We've been fortunate to collaborate with some of the world's best (zero exaggeration, here) in the fields of entertainment, education, exploration, archaeology, science & research, adventure travel, ecotourism, outdoor recreation, wildlife and habitat management, production and technology. Our sincere thanks to everyone that has supported us over the years and those that we've had the good fortune to work and collaborate with. We never take for granted the fact we get to do the kind of stuff today that inspired us a kids and has driven us ever since.

As far as the name change goes, Think  Out Loud Productions is no more. Our company is now flying under the flag of Shot Locker Productions and will remain so. Still powered by the Shark Brothers. Same attitude. Just more of it. We'd been contemplating some changes for a while now, including the name. Well, just so happens another company cropped up a few years ago with a name so close it was exactly the same so we recently asked ourselves the question, "When would now be a good time to make those change?" Viva La Evolution!

So here we are. Whether you know us a lot or a little, maybe you're an existing client or collaborator or this is your first time, we're glad you're here and we invite you to look around our new online headquarters. You can also contact us directly and like all the cool kids are doing, let's stay in touch and up to date on Facebook and other social media hangouts. There are links at the bottom of every page for that. Over & Out for now.

As Always - Keep it Wild!
Sean Paxton & Brooks Paxton II
aka - the Shark Brothers

USS Narcissus. Making History Never Gets Old.

L-R: Nicole Tumbleson Morris, Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton, Casey Coy after a successful monument deployment. 

L-R: Nicole Tumbleson Morris, Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton, Casey Coy after a successful monument deployment. 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE : "There's no doubt pulling off a monumental collaborative task like producing a live underwater broadcast from an American Civil War era shipwreck in Tampa Bay for a room full of Dignitaries, VIP's and the media is a lot of pressurized hard work, but we can't call it a job. We love this stuff. It's where we thrive and so does our project team. We'd like to thank Joe Bamford, Tom Leobold and Curt Bowen for joining us on this epic adventure and playing key roles in pulling off another great live show.

And to the world-class team at the Florida Aquarium and South Eastern Archaeological Services. It's hard to believe it's been four years since the first time we started exploring these kind of wild ideas together. You all are, without a doubt, among the world's very best of the best at what you do. It's our prideful pleasure to continue our collaborations with you on some of the most cutting-edge, engaging multimedia outreach and distance learning projects anywhere!"  - Sean & Brooks Paxton aka the Shark Brothers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2015
Tampa, Florida

The Florida Department of State, The Florida Aquarium and South Eastern Archaeological Services, to Host Historic Live Underwater Dedication Ceremony of the USS Narcissus
Live underwater broadcast produced by Sean and Brooks Paxton, founders of Shot Locker Productions

On January 20, 2015 at 10:30am, the USS Narcissus will be officially named as Florida’s 12th State Underwater Archaeological Preserve. An underwater monument, placed on the site during an expedition on January 15th, will be unveiled, live, during the ceremony to also honor all those lost when the ship sank on January 4th, 1866. 

Crew of the US Coast Guard Vessel "VISE" deploy the monument on January 15, 2015.

VIP's attending the ceremony will include Florida Department of State leadership including Secretary of State Ken Detzner; Florida’s State Historic Preservation Officer, Robert Bendus; State, City and County officials; Maritime Archaeologists and Tampa Bay Historic Shipwreck Project Co-Principal Investigators, Nicole Tumbleson Morris and John William Morris III. Direct descendant of the USS Narcissus crew, Danny Redmond, will also participate by diving the site and unveiling the monument during the live broadcast.

The Program will be held in the Vinik Channelside Room at The Florida Aquarium, located at 701 Channelside Drive in Tampa, FL with a live interactive underwater Dedication Ceremony from the resting place of the USS Narcissus. This underwater broadcast will offer a unique dedication of this historic vessel. Live interaction with The Florida Aquarium SCUBA divers and Archaeologists will also include an unveiling of the monument.


ABOUT THE USS NARCISSUS:

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The USS Narcissus is a Civil War tugboat, turned warship, that took part in the naval blockade of southern ports, and was presented during the Battle of Mobile Bay. The tug was lost with all souls on board (over two dozen sailors) off Egmont Key during a storm in 1866, on her way to New York. 

The dedication of the USS Narcissus as the 12th State Underwater Archaeological Preserve showcases the commitment of local organizations working together to preserve this important piece of Florida history as well as providing yet another reason for people to visit this great state. For more information about the State Underwater Archaeological Preserves, visit museumsinthesea.com.

For more information, contact Katie Kole at Katie.Kole@dos.myflorida.com or 850.245.6471 or Katherine Claytor with the FloridaAquarium at 813.367.4036.

Shark Brothers With World Record Shark!

BREAKING NEWS. FEBRUARY 7, 2015: RECORD TITLE SECURED!

To everyone involved with this monumental effort, CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve it.

As Always - Keep it Wild!
Sean Paxton & Brooks Paxton II
aka - the Shark Brothers
 

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Sean Paxton (left), Brooks Paxton. Photo: Thomas Bender

Back in November, we took a trip with Mom and Dad to check out the Sarasota Chalk Festival, just down the road in Venice, Florida. It features some freakishly talented artists from around the world. This year, dozens of them collaborated in taking a shot at a Guinness Book of World Records attempt. If successful, they will hold a North American title for the 'Largest Anamorphic Pavement Art Piece'. The theme for this year's festival was chosen to raise awareness for the World's extinct and endangered species so it was appropriate the  world record attempt depicted an extinct megalodon shark. Their extinction is contrary to recent accounts on Discovery Channel's Shark Week.

It rained cats and dogs the day we went out there. We could tell because we all walked outside and stepped in a poodle. But seriously, folks, before it all washed away, we did glimpse some AMAZING art and the megalodon shark was beyond impressive. Fortunately, that was done in latext paint so it will be around for a while.

Many thanks to photographer, Thomas Bender, for capturing some images, Lisa Orleans and the event's documentary producer, Dave Taylor, for allowing us to get up close and personal with what we hope will be a Guinness World Record. Good luck to all the artists and event organizers!

As Always - Keep it Wild! Sean & Brooks Paxton aka the Shark Brothers

The Sarasota Chalk Festival founder, Denise Kowal, along with local artists will announce the judges findings in the attempt to secure the Guinness World Record title for the 'Largest Anamorphic Pavement Art' for the United States of America on February 6, 2015.

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 Venice Municipal Airport. The World's most shark-infested runway. SEAN PAXTON (LEFT), BROOKS PAXTON. PHOTO: THOMAS BENDER.

BREAKING NEWS. FEBRUARY 7, 2015: RECORD TITLE SECURED!

SEAN PAXTON (LEFT), BROOKS PAXTON. Photo: Thomas Bender.

Mom and Dad Singin' in the Rain.

Hanging with Master Sculptor, Painter and 3D Artist, Kumpa Tawornprom.

NBC Spotlights Shark's Eye Event, Conservation Challenges and Progress

 
 
"We extend a gigantic and sincere thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for making this event possible over the past two years. And to fellow shark-release fishing specialist, Zach "Hammer" Miller of Team Rebel Fishing, thanks for joining us for the second year to help run this complex operation." - Format Creators & Event Producers: Sean and Brooks Paxton

Fact is, this event is a large-scale collaboration designed to combine the goals of sport, science and conservation in ways that engage and directly involve the public. As the event producers and hosts, we're always looking for the biggest, loudest microphone we can get our hands on, in an effort to get the word out on behalf of the sharks and everyone involved in making this event possible; our competing teams, sponsors, supporters and volunteers, the scientific community, event production crews and Carl Darenberg of the host location, the Montauk Marine Basin.

L-R: Sam Champion, Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton, Kerry Sanders.

L-R: Sam Champion, Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton, Kerry Sanders.

View the Weather Channel segment with Sam below. We'd like to thank all the press and media that helped us to do that by covereing the event because every bit helps, but we'd like to extend a special note of thanks, here, to Kerry Sanders and crew from the NBC Today Show for taking an interest again this year. It's rare to get a second bite at this apple but after we talked further with Kerry and his producers, including Mary Ann Zoellner, they understood the larger importance of this effort and the extended scientific and educational value of this uniquely effective collaboration between recreational anglers and the scientific community. When it's all said and done, they felt it was an important enough news story that it needed to be shared with millions of people around the world again this year. We were also pleased to have Sam Champion from the Weather Channel on board during some of the filming and appreciate the opportunity to do a segment with him and Kerry for Sam's show, AMHQ. You can also view that segment below.

We've worked with Kerry over the years on a number of shark-related stories and always appreciate the opportunity. Thanks to him, NBC News, the Weather Channel and everyone involved in the Shark's Eye for making this another great year for the history books.

Kerry Sanders, Mary Ann Zoellner, Sam Champion and ace NBC Crew with Carl Darenberg, Zach "Hammer" Miller, Capt. Rob Humann, Bill Spraul, Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton.

Kerry Sanders, Mary Ann Zoellner, Sam Champion and ace NBC Crew with Carl Darenberg, Zach "Hammer" Miller, Capt. Rob Humann, Bill Spraul, Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton.

We urge you to watch all the stories below, which cover other important details and aspects of the event including satellite tracking, but we note in the first listed 2014 story, part of the NBC Today Show week long series, "Shark Watch Week", Kerry and crew did a fine job conveying a lot of big picture information in a short span of time. Appropriately highlighted are challenges sharks face in today's ocean, but there's some good news to go with it. The story points out proactive and positive impacts recreational anglers have made to help reverse declining shark populations; a positive shift due to a significant increase in the number of sharks being released by recreational anglers in recent years. Catch and release best practices are a foundational component of the Shark's Eye Tournament and a format and sporting ethic we've been promoting for many years now across multiple fronts and with the collaboration of many.

That said, it's important to point out we're lifelong sportsmen, too, and don't comdemn anglers for taking their fair and legal share of fish including sharks, but at the same time, we do not condone purely wasteful practices of any kind when it comes to our shared wild resources. While much work still remains to ensure a sustainble shark fishery around the world, there's a lot of you out there that can take a well-deserved bow for your hand in this recognized statistical shift and change in the recreational side of the equation. We agree that commercial takes are the leading cause for declining shark populations, but all of us recreational anglers have an impact, as well, and can't get a free pass on the issue of population management. We've got to do our part. It seems we have and are finally being recognized for it. Let's keep up the good work to make sure it remains a trend and not a fad.

Many Thanks & Always Keep it W!LD,
Sean Paxton & Brooks Paxton
aka the Shark Brothers

Please enjoy and share all these featured segments from the NBC Today Show, the Weather Channel and the NBC Nightly News.

2014 Weather Channel AMHQ with Sam Champion and Kerry Sanders. Airdate: July 14th.

 
 

2014 NBC Today Show, "Shark Watch Week" with Kerry Sanders. Airdate: July 14th.

 
 

2014 NBC Today Show, "Shark Watch Week" with Kerry Sanders. Airdate July 19th.

 
 

2013 NBC Today Show with Kerry Sanders. Airdate: August 5th.

2010 NBC Nightly News Feature with Kerry Sanders. Debut of our Shark-Release Format used in the Shark's Eye and Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge Tournaments.

 
 

Another Great Year for the 2nd Annual Shark's Eye Tournament

2nd Annual Shark’s Eye Tournament News Release, July 14, 2014. 53 Sharks Caught and Released, 6 Satellite Tags Deployed

The 2nd Annual Shark's Eye satellite tag, all-release tournament presented by LandShark Lager, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Dan's Papers, hosted by the Montauk Marine Basin resulted in another banner weekend of highly competitive fishing, cutting-edge science and community involvement led by the Concerned Citizens of Montauk.

Competing teams successfully captured, tagged and released 53 sharks, among which were 24 mako, 27 blue and 2 tiger sharks. According to tournament organizer and host, Carl Darenberg of the Montauk Marine Basin, "I've only seen a handful of tiger sharks caught in nearly 50 years here off Montauk. They surprised everyone the first day of the tournament Saturday". Both tiger sharks were satellite tagged by participating science teams led by Dr. Greg Skomal. 3 mako and 1 blue shark were also satellite tagged.

One of two tiger sharks caught by team Free Nicky and satellite-tagged before release. This one named "Big Kahuna" by students at the Montauk School.

One of two tiger sharks caught by team Free Nicky and satellite-tagged before release. This one named "Big Kahuna" by students at the Montauk School.

Excitement was high on deck and back at the Montauk Marine Basin where a companion festival hosted by the Shark Brothers and special guests kept attending crowds informed with catch-by-catch updates and other exciting and entertaining shark information. The weekend festival also featured live performances by Brian Neale and Deep C Revival, interactive educational exhibits hosted by Children's Museum of the East End, Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, Nat'l Marine Fisheries and Rob Osinki. A wide selection of delicious food and beverages was also provided by several local restaurants.

The satellite-tagged sharks will be showing up on OCEARCH’S website in the coming days and pinging back their locations. Six satellite tags were made available this year by OCEARCH, with one of them being funded by Austin Marxe. A mako shark caught by team Free Nicky received that satellite tag which was named for Marxe's granddaughter, Isabella. Four more sharks were caught and tagged by the same team. They were a tiger named Jaimie, another tiger named Big Kahuna by students at the Montauk School, a mako named Chris Nic and a blue shark named Bonac by students at the Amagansett School.

The 6th satellite tag was placed on a mako shark released by chase boat Reel Intensity. The mako was reeled in by Wendy Benchley, wife of JAWS author, Peter Benchley on day 2 of the tournament. Benchley who attended the weekend in support of the all-release event said, "This tournament format is the way of the future for shark fishing. It was exhilarating to catch my first shark on rod and reel and watch it swim away". She named the shark Cate Ells for her granddaughters. 

Satellite tagging operations were headed again this year by Dr. Greg Skomal and his team from the Massachussettes Shark Research Program. Dr. Nancy Kohler from NOAA Fisheries' APEX Predator Program oversaw conventional tagging operations for the 2nd year.

World renowned marine artist and conservationist, Guy Harvey, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, one of the organizers of the event, supported the tournament 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.”

FULL TOURNAMENT RESULTS SUMMARY:

Total Sharks Caught Over 2 Days: 53.

2 TIGER, 24 MAKO, 27 BLUE

3rd Place, 20 points: Last Mango II with 11 sharks. 8 blues and 3 makos.

2nd Place: Free Nicky, 38 points: 11 sharks. 2 blues (1 sat-tagged), 7 makos (2 sat-tagged), 2 tigers (both sat-tagged).

1st Place: Nasty Ness with 38 points. 14 sharks. 6 blues and 8 makos.

SATELLITE-TAGGED SHARKS SUMMARY:

5 sat-tags were deployed on sharks caught by team Free Nicky. They included a tiger named Jaimie, another tiger named Big Kahuna by students at the Montauk School, a mako named Chris Nic, a 2nd mako named Isabella, and a blue named Bonac by students at the Amagansett School.

1 sat-tag was deployed on a mako shark caught by chase boat Reel Intensity. It was named Cate Ells by Wendy Benchley.

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SPECIAL THANKS FROM EVENT ORGANIZERS TO ARTIST APRIL GORNICK, THE CONCERNED CITIZENS OF MONTAUK AND ALL THE EVENT'S GENEROUS SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS:

 
 

Event Contact Info:

Tournament & Team Entry: Carl Darenberg, Montauk Marine Basin

631-668-5900, SharksEyeTournament.com

Festival Director: Laura Mastandrea

516-660-0100, atlastlaura@hotmail.com

Media Contact: Sean Paxton/Brooks Paxton: Format Creators & Event Producers

941-416-1788/5073 paxtonbrothers@thinkoutloudproductions.com

Sponsors Contact: Jackie Lowey

631-766-8978 jackie@jloweyconsulting.com

To track the sharks

http://www.ocearch.org/#SharkTracker

To view the CBS Evening News TV segment on the 2013 Shark’s Eye Tournament

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/long-island-tradition-changes-to-save-the-sharks/

For a Guy Harvey Research Foundation Tournament overview. http://vimeo.com/71385876

Visit the Shark’s Eye Tournament Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SharksEyeTournament

Jimmy Buffett Weighs in on the Shark's Eye

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Jimmy Buffett’s Boat "Last Mango" to Compete in the Shark’s Eye All-Release, Satellite-Tag Tournament & Festival for 2nd Year in Montauk, New York July 11-13, 2014

Event Presented By: LandShark 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

Science team from the MA Shark Research Program attach a satellite tag to a shortfin mako shark during 2013 competition.

Science team from the MA Shark Research Program attach a satellite tag to a shortfin mako shark during 2013 competition.

Montauk’s only satellite tag, catch-and-release, high stakes, big game sport fishing competition combined with cutting-edge science, conservation and informative entertainment focused on saving sharks.

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. The tournament attracts anglers from all walks of life including American music legend, Jimmy Buffett, whose boat "Last Mango" entered for the second year in a row.

Buffett, who fished the inaugural event said, "Such tournaments are the wave of the future".

Six satellite tags will be made available this year by OCEARCH, with one of them being funded by Austin Marxe. The shark receiving that tag would be named after his granddaughter, Isabella . In 2013, teams tagged and released 64 sharks including 33 mako and 31 blues. 4 of the sharks were satellite tagged. This 2-day weekend event is free to public and includes a Dock Party Saturday night until 10pm featuring a live performance by Gus Fafalios and Deep C Revival.

Background

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 2-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. It features event sponsors, vendors, live music by Brian Neale, unique attractions, interactive demonstrations and lots of delicious food and beverages, all on the waterfront, during the entire weekend.

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 OCEARCH and Austin Marxe 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, 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.

Satellite tracks from the event have already provided valuable insight into the lives of these animals and the challenges they face during their expansive migratory journeys that, in some cases, cross many thousands of miles and multiple international territories. Three of the four shark’s satellite tagged last year pinged in for months after their release during competition. One of them, a shortfin mako named Rizzilient by “Fin Seeker”, the team that caught and released it, spent months in the mid-Atlantic before showing up on the coast of Portugal. OCEARCH’s collaborating scientists believe Rizzilient was caught and killed by commercial fishermen in the Atlantic and the tag brought back to port. Beamer, a blue shark named by Montauk School Students traveled as far north as Portland, Maine before heading south to Costa Rica, where it was also caught and killed by commercial fishermen. “These findings provide tangible affirmation that, despite the vastness of our oceans, these animals still face intense fishing pressures around the world; information that can be valuable in future fisheries management policy for certain species”, added Sean Paxton.

This event and the important story of shark fishing and its impacts on populations have gained increased attention in the mainstream media in recent years, which has extended beyond the US. This year, French filmmaker, Gary Grabli, will be filming a special segment on the Shark’s Eye event for the network, France3. It will be part of a feature documentary about America’s North-East for the weekly series, Thalassa, which is focused entirely on the marine environment.

The tournament and festival is made possible by sponsors and supporters including LandShark Lager, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Dan’s Papers, OCEARCH, Guy Harvey Enterprises, Montauk Marine Basin, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, MA Shark Research Program, NOAA Apex Predators Program, Marine Fisheries-Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mote Marine Laboratory, AFTCO, Montauk Boatmen and Captains Association, Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Think Out Loud Productions and the Shark Brothers, Lynn’s Hula Hut, Strong’s Marine, Capt. Mike Potts, Capt. Rick Freda, Don Diamond, Austin Marxe, Team Rebel Fishing, Bloodstream Chum, First Light Tackle, Shark Outlet, Children’s Museum of the East End, Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, Pepsi, My Earth Water, Shark Angels, WRI, Smokin’ Wolf BBQ, Gringo’s Burrito Grill, Duryea & Sons, Dreesen’s Catering, Sammy’s Restaurant,

El Vaquero Mexican Food, Endless Summer Catering, Weather Routing, Inc., Bofill Marine and White Water Marine. The event also continues its support of the Wounded Warrior Project by hosting a team of veterans competing with a boat and entry provided courtesy of artist Eric Fischl.

Event Contact Info:

Tournament & Team Entry: Carl Darenberg, Montauk Marine Basin

631-668-5900, SharksEyeTournament.com

Festival Director: Laura Mastandrea

516-660-0100, atlastlaura@hotmail.com

Media Contact: Sean Paxton/Brooks Paxton: Format Creators & Event Producers

941-416-1788/5073 paxtonbrothers@thinkoutloudproductions.com

Sponsors Contact: Jackie Lowey

631-766-8978 jackie@jloweyconsulting.com

To track the sharks

http://www.ocearch.org/#SharkTracker

To view the CBS Evening News TV segment on the 2013 Shark’s Eye Tournament

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/long-island-tradition-changes-to-save-the-sharks/

For a Guy Harvey Research Foundation Tournament overview. http://vimeo.com/71385876

Visit the Shark’s Eye Tournament Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SharksEyeTournament

SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS:

 
 

Shark Brothers to Produce & Host 2014 Shark's Eye Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 19, 2014

Returning to Montauk, New York July 11-13, 2014

The Shark’s Eye All-Release Tournament & Festival Presented by LandShark 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

Dr. Greg Skomal and team attach satellite tag to a shortfin mako shark during 2013 competition.

Dr. Greg Skomal and team attach satellite tag to a shortfin mako shark during 2013 competition.

 
 

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 Deep C Revival and 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 and features a live performance by Gus Fafalios and Deep C Revival.

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 OCEARCH 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 — 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.

Satellite tracks from the event have already provided valuable insight into the lives of these animals and the challenges they face during their expansive migratory journeys that, in some cases, cross many thousands of miles and multiple international territories. Three of the four shark’s satellite tagged last year pinged in for months after their release during competition. One of them, a shortfin mako named Rizzilient by “Fin Seeker”, the team that caught and released it, spent months in the mid-Atlantic before showing up on the coast of Portugal. OCEARCH’s collaborating scientists believe Rizzilient was caught and killed by commercial fishermen in the Atlantic and the tag brought back to port. Beamer, a blue shark named by Montauk School Students traveled as far north as Portland, Maine before heading south to Costa Rica, where it was also caught and killed by commercial fishermen. “These findings provide tangible affirmation that, despite the vastness of our oceans, these animals still face intense fishing pressures around the world; information that can be valuable in future fisheries management policy for certain species”, added Sean Paxton.

The tournament and festival is supported by sponsors including LandShark Lager, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Dan’s Papers, OCEARCH, Montauk Marine Basin, Pepsi, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratory, AFTCO, Lynn’s Hula Hut, Montauk Boatmen and Captains Association, Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, Children’s Museum of the East End, MA Shark Research Program, Shark Angels, NOAA Apex Predators Program, My Earth Water, WRI, Smokin’ Wolf BBQ, Gringo’s Burrito Grill, Duryea & Sons, Dreesen’s Catering, Sammy’s Restaurant, El Vaqero Mexican Food, Endless Summer Catering, Weather Routing, Inc, and Think Out Loud Productions. The event also continues its support of the Wounded Warrior Project by hosting a team of veterans competing with a boat and entry provided courtesy of artist Eric Fischl.

Event Contact Info & Supporting Media:

Tournament & Team Entry: Carl Darenberg, Montauk Marine Basin

631-668-5900, SharksEyeTournament.com

Festival Director: Laura Mastandrea

516-660-0100, atlastlaura@hotmail.com

Media Contact: Sean Paxton/Brooks Paxton

941-416-1788/5073 paxtonbrothers@thinkoutloudproductions.com

Sponsors Contact: Jackie Lowey

631-766-8978 jackie@jloweyconsulting.com

To track the sharks

http://www.ocearch.org/#SharkTracker

To view the CBS Evening News TV segment on the 2013 Shark’s Eye Tournament

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/long-island-tradition-changes-to-save-the-sharks/

For a Guy Harvey Research Foundation Tournament overview. http://vimeo.com/71385876

Visit the Shark’s Eye Tournament Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SharksEyeTournament

The Shark Brothers, Keynote Address: Florida SEE

We're honored with this recent invitation to share our experiences and vision for the future of this industry with the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism. If you're in the Punta Gorda area on June 27th, you can still register for the event. It would be great to see you there!

The Shark Brothers, Sean & Brooks Paxton during field productions in North Carolina. Series Project: "Blackbeard and the Queen Anne's Revenge".

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS WELCOMES FLORIDA SOCIETY OF ETHICAL ECOTOURISM ANNUAL MEETING TO PUNTA GORDA JUNE 27 & 28, 2014

Statewide Organization Promotes Professional Code of Ecotourism Ethics in Order to Encourage an Awareness and Stewardship of Florida's Natural Heritage

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (June 17, 2014) – Kayak outfitters, boat tour companies, eco-attractions, and other operators who offer guided tours through Florida’s natural places will convene at the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside June 27 & 28 during the Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism’s 2014 Annual Meeting (Florida SEE).

Sean and Brooks Paxton, “The Shark Brothers,” will present a keynote address on Friday, June 27 and award-winning writer and photographer Lucy Tobias will address the group on Saturday, June 28. This is the first time Florida SEE has held its annual meeting in Charlotte County.

Saturday morning, meeting attendees have the opportunity to take advantage of Punta Gorda’s good nature with one of three activities. Planned are a wading trip at Ponce de Leon Park with the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center followed by a visit to the Peace River Wildlife Center; guided bicycle tour along the new Punta Gorda Pathways with Acme Bicycle Shop; and guided kayaking trip with GAEA Guides, a Florida SEE GOLD Certified Ecotour Provider.

The host hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside, is currently designated a Florida Green Lodging hotel. The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to protect and conserve the Sunshine State’s natural resources.

Incorporated in 2001, Florida SEE is a statewide organization promoting a professional code of ecotourism ethics in order to encourage an awareness and stewardship of Florida's natural and cultural heritage. One of the ways this is accomplished is through certifying ecotour providers who contribute to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of Florida and are committed to using best practices for ecological sustainability, natural area management, and quality ecotourism experiences.

Registration for Florida SEE members is $50 while the non-member registration fee is $60. Additional information about the organization, the conference and conference registration can be found at www.FloridaSEE.org.  

Note to Media: Media Interested in attending the June 27 keynote by Sean and Brooks Paxton and/or the June 28 lecture by Lucy Tobias can contact Jennifer Huber with the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau at (941) 743-1900 or jennifer.huber@charlottefl.com.

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 

Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).


For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call1-800-652-6090.

CONTACTS:    
Jennifer Huber                                                    

Tourism Public Relations Manager                                              
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau                  
(941) 743-1900                                                              

Jennifer.Huber@CharlotteFL.com

Mary Jane Kolassa / Cindy Dobyns

Above Water Public Relations & Marketing

(407) 463-0040 / (239) 596-9149

MJKolassa@AboveWater.com  / CDobyns@AboveWater.com 

Charlotte Harbor Visitor

& Convention Bureau

18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104

Port Charlotte, FL 33948

941-743-1900, FAX: 941-764-4932

www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com


Sea Turtles - A Crash Course

New Episode From the Series, Tanks to the Ocean now Available to Watch (view below).

This educational web series is presented by the Florida Aquarium in a Project Made Possible with Generous Support From the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

 

The series' Executive Producers, Sean and Brooks Paxton aka the Shark Brothers have worked with both organizations over the past several years on a number of educationally-driven events and conservation initiatives.

 

A teacher workshop also aligns with the episodes and was recently offered for 12 local middle school teachers in the Tampa Bay region; providing an opportunity for The Florida Aquarium to receive ongoing feedback about this well-rounded and interactive learning experience for the community.

 

Other Episodes Focus On:

Sharks

Fishes of the Wetlands

Oyster

Marine Mammals

 

In April, the “Tanks to the Oceans” series also featured a streaming lesson live from the Florida Keys. Students and viewers were able to join a team of The Florida Aquarium’s biologists, scientific divers, educators and conservation partners, the Coral Restoration Foundation, as they dived to transplant coral fragments and monitor reef health in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. For this live episode, Sean and Brooks Paxton of Think Out Loud Productions implemented a number of technologies that made it possible for viewers to join the adventure live from beneath the waves.


Think Out Loud Productions - Series Debut

Think Out Loud Productions to Film and Produce Educational Web Series for the Florida Aquarium in a Project Made Possible with Generous Support From the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

Executive Producers, and brothers, Sean and Brooks Paxton have worked with both organizations over the past several years on a number of educationally-driven events and conservation initiatives. They expressed that,

"Both of these institutions are internationally-recognized and respected for their leadership in education and conservation and we're proud to continue our collaborations with this project, which provides a powerful opportunity to leverage new media and the internet to reach students in classrooms around the world. These are the future stewards of our planet's marine environments so job number one is promoting this series to inspire as many young minds as possible. We ask everyone to join us in that effort, which is easy to do since the series is also being made available to the general public. We feel anyone can gain something from watching and sharing, whether you're young or young at heart".

About Think Out Loud Productions
A full-service shop specializing in adventure, wildlife and exploration content for television and new media outlets whose mission is to explore wild ideas that support science, education and sustainability in ways that inspire and entertain. More Info

READ ON FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERIES AND A LINK TO
VIEW THE FIRST EPISODE...SHARKS!

The Florida Aquarium Partners with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for Educational Webisodes

For Immediate Release
February 7, 2014

Tampa, Fla. –The Florida Aquarium has released the first of five educational webisodes in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Think Out Loud Productions. 

The web series called “Tanks to the Ocean” is a multidisciplinary, multimedia outreach program that uses the Aquarium’s resources and animals to help educate local students about:

•           Healthy ocean ecosystems
•           Biodiversity and food webs
•           Sustainable fisheries
•           Careers in marine science
•           Ways to be a positive force for ocean health

The series is narrated by local reporter, Terry Tomalin and features an inside look at the marine sciences using the Aquarium’s biologists, educators and animals as guides.  

In addition to the webisodes, a teacher workshop that aligns with the webisodes was recently offered for 12 local middle school teachers; providing an opportunity for The Florida Aquarium to receive ongoing feedback about this well-rounded and interactive learning experience for the community.

 In April, the “Tanks to the Oceans” series will feature a streaming lesson live from the Florida Keys. Students/viewers will join a team of The Florida Aquarium’s biologists, scientific divers and our conservation partners as they dive to transplant coral fragments and monitor reef health in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The Aquarium’s team will be joined by Think Out Loud Productions to handle the technical aspects of the broadcast.

To learn more about the “Tanks to the Ocean” series or to watch the webisodes please visit The Florida Aquarium website at: www.flaquarium.org/education-camps/school-programs/Guy Harvey -Tanks to the Ocean.aspx

OR CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW

About The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. It is ranked as one of the best aquariums in the country and “top 5 kid-friendly aquariums” by Parents Magazine.

Video Summary of Shark's Eye Tournament

We'd like to thank George Schellinger for putting this video summary together on behalf of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and for giving us a chance to share some thoughts about our involvement in this historic event - the Shark Eye Tournament in Montauk, hosted by Carl Darenberg and the Montauk Marine Basin.

Congratulations to all involved for putting on one hell of a good show!
Sean Paxton
Brooks Paxton

For More Info About the Shark Brothers and the Shark's Eye Tournament

 

NBC Today Show - Shark Brothers Tournament Project Feature

Click on Image to View Video Segment
Click on Image to View Video Segment

Project Update and TV Watch Alert! Special segment to air on the NBC Today Show tomorrow, Monday, August 5th between 7:30 and 8am.  NBC Correspondent and friend, Kerry Sanders, will cover the Shark's Eye Tournament. Brooks and I were proud to join forces with good friend and fellow specialist, Zach Miller, to bring our combined years of tournament shark-release fishing and live event production experience to bear on this historic event in one of our homes away from home - Montauk, NY! Congratulations to tournament winners and ALL those involved and a big thanks to Kerry Sanders and NBC Today Show Producer, MaryAnn Zoellner, for taking the time to share this important story. It was a pleasure working with you! Read more about this event and our direct involvement here and here.

History Made with Success of Shark's Eye Tournament

Shark’s Eye Tournament News Release, August 5, 2013
HISTORY IS MADE: SHARK’S EYE TOURNAMENT
AN INFLUENTIAL SUCCESS

Satellite tag-and-release tournament was the first of its kind in Montauk Thanks to the efforts of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Mountauk Boatmen, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Shark Brothers, Mote Marine Laboratory and the Center for Shark Research, OCEARCH Global Shark Trekker and Carl Darenberg of Montauk Marine Basin and Capt. Michael Potts, the first-ever Shark’s Eye no-kill tournament was a rousing success.

Shark's Eye Tournament and Festival Sponsors, Partners and Supporters.

In the two-day tournament, with ten boats participating, 64 sharks were tagged and released, among which were 33 Mako sharks, all with Mustad-provided circle hooks, designed to do less harm to released sharks.

As Joe Gaviola, one of the lucky anglers to hook one of the satellite tagged sharks, wrote: “As a 40+ year fisherman in Montauk, a very important factual result in your Tournament, is that ALL 33 MAKO SHARKS WERE CAUGHT USING CIRCLE HOOKS. This is a very significant occurrence and one to be referenced in the future. I don't believe that this many Makos were ever caught using this type hook in any Tournament in the world. Our boat was lucky enough to catch 4 up to 250 pounds, all low impact jaw hooked.”

Chase boats, donated by Bofill Marine and Uhlein’s Marina, brought scientists to the boats to tag the caught sharks. The excitement was palpable back on deck and on the dock at the end of the day. One of two Wounded Warriors participating, Lonnie Peterson, recipient of a Purple Heart, said “This weekend was amazing”. Jimmy Buffett, aboard the Last Mango, said, “these tournaments are the wave of the future”. And as Guy Harvey of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation put it, “We were extremely excited to bring this catch-tag-and-release format to Montauk, NY; the home of recreational shark fishing and shark kill tournaments.”

The satellite-tagged sharks are already showing up on OCEARCH’S website and pinging back their locations. Beamer, for instance, a 200 pound Blue Shark named by Montauk schoolchildren, will provide information for years to come. Anyone interested in following Beamer, April, Rizzilient, or Princess, the four satellite tagged sharks, can go to www.ocearch.org and check in on their wide-ranging progress.

The Chester Wolf IGFA Sportsman Award went to Richie Nessel, on board the Nasty Ness. His crew brought in the most points altogether. Other boats that satellite-tagged sharks were Free Nicky, Fin Seeker, and Blue Fin. Asked about the tournament, Nessel stated “I have fished many Tournaments on the Eastern Seaboard but none had the excitement and buzz as this one. I am very proud to be part of this historic breakthrough event, one that will be around for many years to come.”

The Shark Brothers - Sean Paxton (left) and Brooks Paxton discuss event with CBS Evening News Correspondent, Chip Reid. View segment by clicking on image.The CBS Evening News aired a segment nationally on the tournament in which Jason Behan, a longtime Montauk fisherman, said “This kind of tournament is going to change a lot of people’s minds”. Asked if he missed seeing a dead shark hung up on the docks at the end of the day, he added, “You know, I don’t need to see them. It was nice to watch them swim away.” View Segment.

And as Brooks Paxton of the Shark Brothers remarked, “Since this is Montauk, where it all started, this event proves that shark-release fishing is definitely catching on in an even bigger way.”

 

 

 

 

His brother, Sean, adds, “Along with Zach Miller from our crew, we’re proud to be involved with this historically significant tournament. It will forever mark a significant turning point in the evolution of recreational shark fishing.”

Carl Darenberg, the host and chief organizer of the event, even proclaimed that “With the success of this tournament, I am going to mandate circle hooks for all future shark tournaments. Its success was beyond my expectations, and means that my kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy the ocean the way I have.”

Click to View Additional Details About the Shark Brothers' and Zach Miller's Impactful Role in This Tournament Event

FULL TOURNAMENT RESULTS SUMMARY:
Total Sharks Caught Over 2 Days:
33 Mako
31 Blue

4th place: Red Head with 22 points.
3rd Place: Reel Intensity with 27 points. Winnings: 1K from Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
2nd Place: Rocky's Retreat with 30 points. Winnings: 3K from Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
1st Place: Nasty Ness with 37 points. Winnings: 6K from Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation + 5K Calcutta. Total: 11K.

1st Sat Tag: Team: Nasty Ness, a mako named "Princess".
2nd Sat Tag: Team: Free Nicky, a mako named "April"
3rd Sat Tag: Team: "Fin Seeker", a mako named "Rizzilient"
4th Sat Tag: Committee Boat: Bluefin 4, a blue named "Beamer" by the 6th Grade Science Class at the Montauk Public School. Principal: Jack Purner.

Shark Brothers & The Shark's Eye Tournament

The Shark Brothers Return to Montauk
for Inaugural Shark’s Eye, All-Release Tournament!

Sean & Brooks Paxton aka the Shark Brothers Work with Event Organizers and Supporters to Implement Shark-Release Fishing Best Practices, Satellite Tagging and Educational Outreach During Two-Day Event.

ATTENTION ALL ANGLERS AND TEAMS!
Limited entries are still available so reserve your spot now!
$975 gets you in and includes $500 for the Calcutta.
$10,000 in Cash Plus Other Prizes Provided by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and a Custom Painting by Renowned Artist, April Gornick go to the Lucky Winners! 
For more information about this event, call 631-668-5900 or visit MarineBasin.com

Shark's Eye is a charity event which unites fishermen, scientists, conservationists, educators, musicians and artists, to present a charity tournament where all sharks caught are released and only circle hooks are used. This is also the first tournament in Montauk to incorporate satellite tagging of certain species, allowing scientists and the general public to get a “Shark’s Eye” view of these animal’s lives and their movements. The two-day tournament and festival event will be held out of the Montauk Marine Basin on July 27th and 28th and is free to the general public.

We think this event is an important point on a timeline in the evolution of recreational shark fishing. Montauk is, after all, the birthplace of this sport. We’ve spent a lot of time here, over the years fishing and filming with the sport’s founding father, Frank “The Monster Man” Mundus, for a documentary about changes in the fishery in this part of the country and how sharks are fished recreationally so we're proud to be involved”, says Sean Paxton.

His brother, Brooks adds, “We’ve consulted with tournaments from South America to Florida to Ocean City, MD, but since this is Montauk, where it all started, this event proves that shark-release fishing is definitely catching on in an even bigger way. We’ve been talking to event organizers, April Gornick, Rav Freidel and Carl Darenberg of the Montauk Marine Basin about doing something here for a long time, and now it’s finally going to happen. We applaud them and everyone involved for staying the course and making this happen. We'd also like to extend our sincere appreciation to the The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and The Concerned Citizens of Montauk for the generous support they provided to make it possible for us to attend the event.

Sean Paxton (left), Brooks PaxtonThe Brothers got their nickname, in part, as a result of their pioneering work in perfecting and popularizing recreational catch and release best practices for sharks by creatively combining the goals of sport, science and conservation in high-profile, public events they’ve created and produced, such as the Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge and Festival; an event featuring many industry firsts including satellite tagging, an observer program, the mandatory use of circle hooks and live streaming of tournament action to festival crowds on shore. In the Shark’s Eye Tournament, the brothers will  implement similar elements into this event by working directly with Tournament Operator, Carl Darenberg, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Dr. Gregory Skomal, Head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, Nancy Kohler, NOAA Fisheries Biologist and Zach Miller, a Shark-Release Fishing Specialist. Certain satellite tagged sharks can be followed by the public on the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker.

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. Peter and I worked for many years on ocean conservation issues, and I am pleased to support Sean and Brooks as they bring their comprehensive approach of shark-release tournaments to new venues along the coast. Congratulations to all involved in the new Shark's Eye tournament in Montauk." 

Wendy Benchley, Advisory Trustee of Environmental Defense Fund, Co-founder
Peter Benchley Ocean Awards

While the action heats up offshore, the weekend will also feature fun and excitement for the entire family shore side with continuous events and presentations under the big tent at the Montauk Marine Basin including free documentary films by Guy Harvey, the Shark Brothers and others, along with plenty of food and drinks. Tournament and festival-goers will also be treated to a free concert at Gosman’s Dock on Saturday featuring MariGrace Dineen, Caroline Doctorow and Nashville recording artist, Colton James.

On Sunday, the Shark Brothers will share stories of adventures and exploration in the wild and their interactive work with sharks during an entertaining and educational live presentation, “Sharks – From Fear to Fascination”. This multi-media show provides a realistic perspective on sharks, as well a unique look at the history and evolution of recreational shark fishing, a sport that Frank “The Monster Man” Mundus started in Montauk in 1951. Invited special guests including Zach “Hammer” Miller of Team Rebel Fishing will join the Shark Brothers to amaze audiences with true stories of extreme giant shark catch and release fishing expeditions. They'll also share the latest how-to information for modern shark-release fishing. This show is rated “E” for everyone so bring the entire family.

Heading their company, Think Out Loud Productions, the Paxton Brothers are well known for innovative conservation work with sharks and the marine environment, but they’re also involved in a host of other production and education projects featuring a variety of animals, habitats and exploration topics. Their work as explorers and filmmakers has been featured on Discovery Channel, Shark Week, the NBC Nightly News, National Geographic, PBS and The Weather Channel, to name a few.

When
July 27th and 28th.

Where
Montauk, New York - The Montauk Marine Basin

Admission
Free to the General Public. Tournament Team Entry $975.

Contact & Additional Information
The Paxton Brothers: 941-416-1788 / 5073