The Governor’s Cup series advocates conservation by facilitating data exchange between participants and scientists. Blue marlin must be at least 105 inches in length in order to be landed, well exceeding the federal legal limit of 99 inches. The fish that are brought in are iced and cleaned for consumption, while biologists from South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources collect otoliths, determine sex and maturity, record measurements, and investigate the fish’s stomach contents. They also interview each participating team for additional information about their fishing. The collected data is used to form a better understanding of the life history and biology of blue marlin off the South Carolina coast.