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

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