HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- France, with six boats confirmed, leads the group of countries that will participate from June 9 to 14 at the 64th Ernest Hemingway Marlin Fishing International Tournament in Cuba.
Executives of the Marlin SA Nautical and Marinas Business Group told the press that to date 17 crews of several nations, including the United States (5) and Canada (4), have already confirmed their participation.
This edition of one of the oldest events of its kind in the world will also be attended by teams from Mexico and England, and the total enrollment almost double that reached in 2013, when nine only vessels were involved.
According to Mario Ramos, Marlin SA business manager, the program will start on June 9 with the traditional skippers’ meeting at Hemingway Marina Residential, where the sport fisherman will receive details of the competition.
For contributing to the preservation of these species, the use of circle hooks will be promoted to minimize possible damage to marlins or dorados, and the introduction of satellite tagging systems, which allow tracking the behaviour of such fish, Francisco Diaz, director of development, business and quality, noted.
It is expected next year's edition to be attended by at least 50 boats because Cuba will also host the 35th International Tourism Fair, which will be specifically devoted to the nautical activity.
The Ernest Hemingway Marlin Fishing International Tournament, started at the beginning of the 1950s by the famous American writer, a Nobel Laureate for Literature (1954), stands out as one of the first in the world, surpassed only by the Tuna World Cup in Nova Scotia, and the Tarpon Tournament in Mexico.