GMR 2014

Date Boat Skipper Angler Weight lb Location Tag ID
12/10/2014 Think Big Laurie Wright Sharon Poulter 900 Ribbion Number 10 Reef 13P0359
12/10/2014 Kalira Ashley Wallis Marco Meister 950 Ribbon Number 9 Reef 13P0352
13/10/2014 Castille III Brad Craft Stewart Burrough 1000 Ribbon Number 7 Reef 13P0348
13/10/2014 Hellraiser II Steve Ahlers Sue Ahlers 250 Ribbion Number 10 Reef 13P0353
13/10/2014 Little Audrey Dan Carlson Ken Klein 950 Ribbon Number 4 Reef 13P0470
13/10/2014 Kekoa Luke Fallon Alexander Kaiko 900 Ribbon Number 8 Reef 13P0357
13/10/2014 Moana III Daniel mcCarthy Richard White 1000 Hicks Reef 13P0275
14/10/2014 Kalira Ashley Wallis Marco Meister 300 Ribbon Number 9 Reef 13P0358
14/10/2014 Top Shot Ross Finlayson Tomonori Omi 999 Ribbion Number 10 Reef 13P0264
15/10/2014 Game Over D.Brandon Robert Stanbury 300 Ribbon Number 7 Reef 13P0302
15/10/2014 Defiant Brett Chain Leon Akriditis 600 Ribbion Number 10 Reef 13P0269
15/10/2014 The Iceman Bob Jones Kev Kealay 600 ? 13P0283
16/10/2014 Kaizan Rus Caporn David Trask 550 Ribbion Number 10 Reef 13P0315
17/10/2014 Athaldo Tiger Geale Paul Axisa 1000 Ribbion Number 10 Reef 13P0316
17/10/2014 Reel Easy Ashley Mattews Tony Warnett 750 ? 13P0270

 
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IGMR Results by Country and Species

Lizard Island, Australia 2014 Race Update

JANUARY 2015 — We are halfway through the 2014 Lizard Island, Australia Race where 23 black marlin are battling it out for first place!

Our partners at Stanford analyzed the data and have concluded that of the seven early releases mentioned in the first update, two tags pulled free from the fish, one tag surfaced due to a marlin mortality with another potential mortality which caused the tag to release prematurely, and three tags were consumed by lamnid sharks (most likely a mako or a white shark).

The data showed that Tag 1 from Team Think Big detached prematurely from the marlin the day after it was tagged. The pin was not broken and therefore we must assume that the tag pulled free from the fish.

Tag 5- Team Little Audrey’s marlin died five days after it was tagged on October 13, 2014. The data revealed that the tag sank to the ocean floor (a depth of 1,100 meters) and the nil change in depth initiated the premature release of the tag. Fittingly, the team stated on their data sheet that they thought the marlin was “recently injured” and had an “ulcer-like mark on the belly”.

The tag data from Tag 11- Team Game Over showed that the marlin was consumed by a shark promptly after being tagged and released.

Data revealed that Tag 14 from Team Kaizen sunk to a depth of 1,500 meters 15 days after the marlin was tagged, where it remained for several hours before floating to the surface. Because the pin was not broken and the tag was not at a zero depth change long enough to initiate the standard premature release, it is likely that the marlin had died and the carcass subsequently was eaten, freeing the tag to float away. The good news is that the tag collected about two weeks of data before it reported, and a nice track was produced and shows the marlin traveled directly east and then back again before heading 253 nautical miles (nm) south along the coast.

Data showed that the pin on Tag 2 was not broken, so we must reason that the tag pulled free from Team Amokura’s marlin. However, the tag surfaced after collecting data for a month on the marlin and the track shows that from mid-October into November, the black swam south east and circled the small islands off the east coast of Cairns.

The tag data from Tag 19 showed that the marlin and the tag were consumed by a shark immediately after being released. It is worth mentioning that Team Maverick recorded on their data sheet that their marlin was “swimming away with ease” despite “some bleeding from the gills”, which may have led to the predation event. Data from Tag 21 revealed that Team Duyfken’s marlin and tag were also consumed by a shark.

Interestingly, all of the predations appear to have happened within an hour or two after the fish was released. As for why the tags pulled free from two of the marlin, it is impossible to determine; but we cannot rule out the likelihood that these were also predation events, in which the tag simply was never ingested by the predator. An alternative explanation could be the large size of the black marlin, which may have made it difficult to get the tag set in the proper manner. Alternatively, the marlin may just be bigger and faster which could result in more stress on the tag. Or perhaps it is a combination of the two explanations where the tag may not be completely secure and the large marlin are encountering many hungry sharks, which would mean a lot of fast movements and escape behaviors which may simply rip the tag free whether or not it is securely set (vigorous activity may pull out even a secure tag).

The other 16 tags are currently still gathering data on marlin and are scheduled to pop-up between April and May of this year. We can’t wait to see where these marlin swim!

Lizard Island, Australia 2014 Race Start

DECEMBER 2014 — Due to the damage caused by Cyclone Ita in April of this year, the 28th Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic was relocated to Cooktown, Australia where 25 boats gathered on October 11, 2014 for the week-long, annual billfish tournament and the third year of the Lizard Island, Australia IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR). Thanks to the enormous generosity of The Bertarelli Foundation who sponsored 15 tags, and Peter Teakle who sponsored 10 tags for this year’s IGMR, each member of the fleet was issued a satellite tag, free of charge!

In the weeks following the 23 deployments, there have been seven premature pop-ups. Tag 1- Team Think Big was the first tag to report after five days on the marlin, 24 nautical miles (nm) away from where it was deployed. Tag 5- Team Little Audrey was next to report on October 22, 2014, 143 nm away after nine days at large and Tag 11- Team Game Over surfaced eight day later and 85 nm away from where it was deployed. Tag 14-Team Kaizen was the  fourth tag to pop-up on November 7, 2014 and showed the marlin traveled a linear distance of 253 nm in only three weeks. The following day, Tag 2-Team Amokura surfaced after being on the marlin for a month and recorded a distance of 189 nm. On November 10, 2014, Tag 19-Team Maverick’s popped-up after 13 days at large and 51 nm away from the marlin was tagged. The next day, Tag 21-Team Duyfken surfaced six nm away from the deployment location after 10 days on the black.

We are currently anaylyzing the data from these early releases to determine whether they reflect tag pull-outs, mortalities, or predation events (all of which we have seen in previous deployments in this region), and we will post results as they become available. The remaining 16 tags are currently still on marlin and collecting data and are due to surface in April and May of 2015. Please stay tuned to IGFA race page where all updates to the 2014 Lizard Island, Australia IGMR will be posted.

Team 1: Think Big sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance: 24 nm
Team Name: Think Big
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 386 kg (850 lb)
Angler: Sharon Poulter
Tagged By: Luke Bell
Deployment Date: October 12, 2014
Pop-Up Date: October 17, 2014
Distance Traveled: 24 nm

Team 2: Amokura sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance: 189 nm
Team Name: Amokura

Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 386 kg (850 lb)
Angler: Frank Paddin
Tagged By: Dorren Sandy
Deployment Date: October 12, 2014
Pop-Up Date: November 8, 2014
Distance Traveled: 189 nm

Team 3: Kalira sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Kalira
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 431 kg (950 lb)
Angler: Marco Meister
Tagged By:
Deployment Date: October 12, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 4: Kekoa sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Kekoa
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 408 kg (900 lb)
Angler: Alexander Kaiko
Tagged By: Kelly Mills
Deployment Date: October 13, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 5: Little Audrey sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance: 143 nm
Team Name: Little Audrey
Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 431 kg (950 lb)
Angler: Ken Klein
Tagged By: James Davies
Deployment Date: October 13, 2014
Pop-Up Date: October 22, 2014
Distance Traveled: 143 nm

Team 6: Hellraiser II sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Hellraiser II
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 113 kg (250 lb)
Angler: Sue Ahlers
Tagged By: Chris Blanch
Deployment Date: October 13, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 7: Moana III sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance:
Team Name: Moana III
Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 454 kg (1,000 lb)
Angler: Richard White
Tagged By: Justin Moxozal
Deployment Date: October 13, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 8: Castile III sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance: 1,569 nm
Team Name: Castile III
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 450 kg (992 lb)
Angler: Stewart Burroughs
Tagged By: Shannon
Deployment Date: October 13, 2014
Pop-Up Date: February 24, 2015
Distance Traveled: 1,569 nm

Team 9: Top Shot sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance: 3,046 nm
Team Name: Top Shot
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 453 kg (999 lb)
Angler: Tomonori Omi
Tagged By: Jay Househam
Deployment Date: October 14, 2014
Pop-Up Date: January 31, 2015
Distance Traveled: 3,046 nm

Team 10: Kalira sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Kalira
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 136 kg (300 lb)
Angler: Marco Meister
Tagged By:
Deployment Date: October 14, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 11: Game Over sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance: 85 nm
Team Name: Game Over
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 159 lg (350 lb)
Angler: Robert Stanbury
Tagged By: Dale Stanbury
Deployment Date: October 15, 2014
Pop-Up Date: October 23, 2014
Distance Traveled: 85 nm

Team 12: Defiant sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance:
Team Name: Defiant
Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 200 kg (441 lb)
Angler: Leon Akriditis
Tagged By:
Deployment Date: October 15, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 13: Iceman sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Iceman
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 272 kg (600 lb)
Angler: Kevin Kealy
Tagged By: Sam Furst
Deployment Date: October 15, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 14: Kaizen sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance: 253 nm
Team Name: Kaizen
Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 250 kg (551 lb)
Angler: David Trask
Tagged By: Wes
Deployment Date: October 16, 2014
Pop-Up Date: November 7, 2014
Distance Traveled: 253 nm

Team 15: Athaldo sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Athaldo
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 272 kg (600 lb)
Angler: Paul Axisa
Tagged By: Josh Eggie
Deployment Date: October 17, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 16: Reel Easy sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance:
Team Name: Reel Easy
Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 340 kg (750 lb)
Angler: Tony Warnett
Tagged By: Jeff Baker
Deployment Date: October 17, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 17: Calypso sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Calypso
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 150 kg (331 lb)
Angler: Sharon Male
Tagged By: Dean Ford
Deployment Date: October 22, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 18: Viking II sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Viking II
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 113 kg (250 lb)
Angler: German Pontilla
Tagged By:
Deployment Date: October 23, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 19: Maverick sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance: 51 nm
Team Name: Maverick
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 181 kg (400 lb)
Angler: Johan Coetzee
Tagged By: Mattew Wright
Deployment Date: October 28, 2014
Pop-Up Date: November 10, 2014
Distance Traveled: 51 nm

Team 20: Kalira sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Kalria
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 499 kg (1,100 lb)
Angler: Mark Patterson
Tagged By: Aydin
Deployment Date: October 28, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 21: Duyfken sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance: 6 nm
Team Name: Duyfken
Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 318 kg (700 lb)
Angler: Darren Wright
Tagged By: Brett Jameson
Deployment Date: November 1, 2014
Pop-Up Date: November 11, 2014
Distance Traveled: 6 nm

Team 22: Hellraiser II sponsored by Ernesto Bertarelli
Tag distance:
Team Name: Hellraiser II
Sponsor: Ernesto Bertarelli
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 136 kg (300 lb)
Angler:
Tagged By:
Deployment Date: November 25, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 23: Bite Me sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance:
Team Name: Bite Me
Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged: Black Marlin
Species Size: 249 kg (550 lb)
Angler: David Jones
Tagged By: David Jones
Deployment Date: November 27, 2014
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

Team 24: Iona II sponsored by Peter Teakle
Tag distance: Status Currently Unknown
Team Name: Iona II
Sponsor: Peter Teakle
Species Tagged:
Species Size:
Angler:
Tagged By:
Deployment Date:
Pop-Up Date:
Distance Traveled:

IGMR Satellite Tag Results by Country and Species
Australia
Bahamas
Costa Rica
Ecuador
French Polynesia
Guatemala
Kenya
Mexico
Morocco
Nicaragua
Panama
Portugal
Seychelles
South Africa
Spain
USA and Territories
OVERALL

Blue Marlin Tags
11
6
10
1
12
0
3
4
0
0
0
3
2
5
2
38
97

Miles Traveled
3,020
6,888
2,191
283
4,905
0
185
1,567
0
0
0
1,686
752
2,142
767
31,875
56,261

Median Distance
175
947
209
283
98
0
44
12
0
0
0
365
376
301
384
496.5
292

Average Distance
275
1,148
219
283
409
0
62
392
0
0
0
562
376
428
384
839
580

Black Marlin Tags
45
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
3
0
1
3
0
0
55

Miles Traveled
14,406
0
0
0
0
0
2,043
0
0
0
0
0
0
756
0
0
17,205

Median Distance
26
0
0
0
0
0
554
0
0
0
0
0
0
223
0
0
13

Average Distance
320
0
0
0
0
0
1022
0
0
0
0
0
0
252
0
0
313

White Marlin Tags
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6

Miles Traveled
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4,923
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4,923

Median Distance
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
837
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
837

Average Distance
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
821
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
821

Striped Marlin Tags
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
6

Miles Traveled
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Median Distance
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Average Distance
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Sailfish Tags
0
0
2
0
0
5
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
7

Miles Traveled
0
0
0
0
0
1,067
0
0
0
398
0
0
0
0
0
0
1,465

Median Distance
0
0
0
0
0
24
0
0
0
199
0
0
0
0
0
0
112

Average Distance
0
0
0
0
0
213
0
0
0
199
0
0
0
0
0
0
209

Total Distance
17,426
6,888
2,191
283
4,905
1,067
2,228
1,567
4,923
398
0
1,686
752
2,898
767
31,875
79,854

Average Distance
311
1,148
219
142
409
213
446
392
821
199
0
562
251
362
384
724
467

 


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