Seychelles Great Marlin Race
The Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) will host the first ever SSFC/Seychelles International Great Marlin Race (IGFMR) in combination with the SSFC Big Game Classic on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
Seychelles, a majestic 115-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean known for its granite and coral islands and stunning beaches, has increased its visibility in the sport fishing world the in cooperation with the SSFC and sport fishing charter companies . Over the past two years, the SSFC educated anglers in Seychelles in preparation for the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR).
“The support both internationally and locally for the first SSFC/ Seychelles IGMR has been quite impressive” said Tarak Patel, Chairman of SSFC. Local sponsors include A1 Fishing (Mike Mason), Oceana Fisheries, and Eden Island for a total of 5 tags. The international support has also been remarkable with participation from Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Tarak Patel went on to say “SSFC’s goal is to be a major partner with the IGFA Great Marlin Race in the Indian Ocean region since data is scarce from the East Coast of Africa to Australia.” The SSFC will also share the data gathered from the SSFC/ Seychelles IGMR with students from the University of Seychelles Marine and Fisheries Science Program to get more of the youth of interested in studying and conserving the marine environment.
“The focus of the SSFC/ Seychelles IGMR is to offer many positive impacts within one event for Seychelles. These include an exciting international sport fishing event combined with gathering scientific data that will educate locally and worldwide. With Seychelles surrounded by ocean in all directions, the SSFC and Seychelles are very anxious to see the results of the first satellite tagged Seychelles marlin as it will be very interesting to see which direction they go and how far they run” said Grant Heyer, Secretary of SSFC.
Should you wish to participate or get more information about the SSFC/Seychelles IGMR, please visit the SSFC Facebook page.