On July 10, 2015, the second day of the Bermuda Big Game Classic, a 150lb Blue Marlin was caught by Sharyn Craig aboard the 82’ Viking “Amarula Sun.” This healthy Blue Marlin was tagged with an IGFA satellite tag sponsored by Carmine Galati of Galati Yacht Sales. This tag was entered into the IGFA Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 Race.
On November 18, 2015, 131 days after the satellite tag was deployed it popped up. The tag popped up near Cape Verde, a staggering 2,293nm away from its original tag location in Bermuda. The Blue Marlin spent the rest of July swimming the waters near Bermuda before beginning its nearly two-month journey across the Atlantic. The Blue Marlin arrived near the waters of Cape Verde in the beginning of October. From then on the Blue Marlin stayed in the waters around Cape Verde until the tag popped off on November 18th.
Currently the Galati Yacht Sales tag is in first place for the IGFA Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 Race.
The information provided by these satellite tags is extremely helpful in learning the migration routes of billfish. From this data scientist are able to have a better understanding of the migratory behaviors of billfish and the underlying oceanic features that help shape the connectivity the billfish populations across the globe. Together this information is used to help in the international conservation measures for marlin around the world.
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