Monster Shark Tournament Facts
1) Those of us who
are directly involved in shark fishing are the ones that are truly
concerned about maintaining and rebuilding the shark fishery stocks!
2) The National
Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) is responsible for managing the shark
fishery in the US waters of the Northern Atlantic.
3) The International
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is responsible
for the international management of sharks in the Atlantic Ocean.
4) The Commonwealth
of Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game and the Massachusetts
Environmental Police are responsible for managing fisheries resources
and enforcing regulations in state waters (out to approx. 3 miles).
The Monster Shark Tournament works very closely with the former
in data collection and scientific research.
5) The US Coast Guard
is responsible for policing the high seas beyond the state water
boundaries (beyond approx. 3 miles).
The Monster Shark Tournament takes place approximately 20 - 75
miles offshore in federal waters.
6) The Monster Shark
Tournament is an approved event by both the U.S. Coast Guard and the
NMFS Highly Migratory Species Division.
7) Each Tournament
vessel is required to be permitted by the NMFS in order to fish for,
catch, and retain Atlantic sharks.
8) The Monster Shark
Tournament participants have historically released over 97% of the total
number of sharks that are caught during the two day fishing event.
This year we expect to achieve a 98% release rate!
9) The tournament is
more of a "catch and release" tournament than it is a "catch and land"
tournament. The minimum
size limits established during tournament are still informally in effect
well after the tournament is over.
That means hundreds of smaller sharks that would normally have
ended up on the dinner table are being released to fight another day.
10) Thresher, mako
and porbeagle shark is similar to swordfish in texture and taste when
11) Sharks that are
processed by the Boston Big Game Fishing Club are returned to their
12) Shark fishermen
don’t hate sharks, this concept is just as absurd as believing that tuna
fisherman hate tuna fish.
The opposite relationship typically exists between fishermen and their
13) Even the
non-edible portions of the shark are converted into organic fertilizer.
Ever wonder where fish fertilizer comes from?
14) The Monster Shark
Tournament has highest minimum weight standards of any landings based
shark fishing tournament in the US and perhaps the world.
15) The Monster Shark
Tournament was the largest shark fishing tournament in the US in 2005,
2006, 2007 and 2008. It is
now one of the most recognized sport fishing events in the world.
This is why the Animal Activists have launched their Jihad
against the event, the town of Oak Bluffs and the Island of Martha’s
16) The tournament
works very closely with the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries, the
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Apex Predators Investigation
in data collection, tagging, and scientific research.
17) The Monster Shark
Tournament is the largest source of catch, release, and tag data for
both the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and for the NMFS
Apex Predators Investigation based in Narragansett Rhode Island.
18) Approximately 2/3
of the boats that participate in the Monster Shark Tournament leave from
the Oak Bluffs Marina.
19) Oak Bluffs,
Vineyard Haven, Edgartown and Menemsha ports are used extensively along
with ports off the
Island including Nantucket, Falmouth, Cuttyhunk, Westport, and Block
20) The Monster Shark
Tournament is attended by over 500 anglers. The average length boat in
the tournament is 37' long.
21) The tournament
participants are typically males between 30 and 65 years in age although
there were over a dozen female anglers in recent years and several dozen
junior anglers (16 and under).
During the 2006 Monster Shark Tournament, we had our first “all
female” team participating from New Jersey.
22) The Monster Shark
Tournament weekend is the single busiest weekend for the businesses,
restaurants, taverns, and shops of Oak Bluffs.
Estimated tournament generated revenues range from 2.5 million to
3.5 million dollars.
23) The Monster Shark
Tournament brings anglers and spectators from as far away as Canada to the
north and Florida in the south.
Anglers and spectators travel from California, Texas, and even
Alaska to be part of the event.
24) The ESPN Monster
Shark Tournament shows have been seen by millions of Viewers worldwide.
This is why the angry Vegans
have hitched their wagon to the event; they are against all types of
fishing and they are they attempting to use the Monster Shark as a fund
25) A 1,191 LB Tiger
Shark landed in 2005 became the number one download image on Goggle for
the third week of July 2005.
It was the first tiger shark landed in the tournament in over 10
years. The tiger shark is
commonly found in warm waters to our south.
26) The Monster Shark
Tournament uses rules that were created by the International Game
Fishing Association (IGFA) to promote ethical and fair angling
research done in
has revealed that mortality rates on released sharks is very low (over
99% survive after being caught & released).
28) The Boston Big
Game Fishing Club purchased two satellite tags in 2005, two in 2006, two
in 2007 and two in 2008.
These tags cost over $2,000 each and are used to collect habitat
preference and migration information such as temperature and depth data.
The data collected from the tags
is donated to State and Federal Fisheries Scientists. The BBGFC plans to
purchase and deploy additional real-time satellite tags in the future.
29) It is the mission
of the Boston Big Game Fishing Club to provide world class sport fishing
events, promoting ethical and conservative fishing practices, assisting
state and federal agencies in scientific research programs and to
promote awareness of the fish that swim in our oceans
30) The Monster Shark
Tournament is committed to a partial release and partial landing format
where only the very largest and most mature fish are retained.
By taking only the largest
sexually mature fish, most sharks will have had the opportunity to
reproduce, thus helping to ensure a sustainable population.
The number of sharks retained during the two day event ensures
that there is virtually no impact on any of the target species.
This practice supports the
concept of a sustainable fishery.
31) The Monster Shark
Tournament has defined minimum weight standards to help control and
restrict the number of sharks landed during the tournament.
The tournament has established the highest “minimum weights” of
any shark tournament in the US, well in excess of the National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) minimum requirements.
On average, tournament minimum weights are about four times
greater than the minimum size standard set forth by the NMFS for sharks
caught in the Northern Atlantic.
32) The tournament
has set the minimum standards by which all other shark tournaments are
measured. In so doing, it
has redefined the concepts of a trophy shark resulting in the release of
hundreds of smaller sharks which might normally be landed. These
stringent rules are designed to ensure that we have minimal impact on
the shark population and that we preserve the world-class shark fishery
here in the Northern Atlantic.
33) Sharks that are
boated during the event are dissected on docks by Marine Scientists from
state and federal agencies as well as private institutions and academia.
During the 2006 Monster Shark Tournament, six separate scientific
organizations were present at the weigh station to collect tissue
samples, DNA samples, stomach content samples and a variety of other
weight and size measurements.
34) During the 2005
Monster Shark Tournament, a west coast Doctor and two Japanese
Scientists traveled to Oak Bluffs specifically for the purpose of
collecting tissue samples of the blue shark inner ear.
Because blue sharks can regenerate their inner ear tissue, a
study is underway to research this unique capability in hopes that it
might some day help the hearing impaired.
35) During the 2008
Monster Shark Tournament, 202 vessels retained a total of 26 sharks
after two days of fishing.
That’s means approximately 1 in every 20 boats came back with a shark
each day even though almost every boat caught and released legal sized
sharks each day.This is
why the Monster Shark Tournament is a model for other shark tournaments
the world over and why the tournament has no significant impact on local
reveals the Animal Extremist for
their real agenda; profit seeking and to push their Vegan ideology.
When Paul Irwin (President/CEO of the Humane Society of
the US) earns $510,680 annually, it’s
easy to see the HSUS for what it really is, a BIG money making business!
And of course it’s non-profit, but for who?
37) In September 2009, one of the Boston Big Game
Fishing Club pop-up satellite tags was deployed on a great white shark
off Chatham, MA.
programmed to detach from its host in late January where it surfaced
approximately 60 miles east of Miami. Florida.