The IGFA recently celebrated an important milestone when the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) exceeded 60,000 nautical miles (nm) after a satellite tag attached to a Pacific blue marlin appeared 2,292 nm away from its original location in Kona, Hawaii, where the tag was deployed in the summer of 2014. The latest “pop-up” registers as the fourth longest distance in recorded IGMR history, and the new miles helped the IGMR realize a total of 63,764 nm. Founded in 2011, the Billfish Research Program has placed 167 tags on billfish across 15 countries to collect data on the habitats and movements of the open-ocean fish.
According to the IGFA, the 2014-2015 race year has seen 52 tags placed on sailfish and striped, black, and blue marlin during seven events around the world. The IGFA states that the blue marlin is presently in the lead for the current race year, but notes that there are still 35 tags due to appear over the next five months.