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Hemingway fishing tournament kicks off in Cuba
Published on June 10, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Ernest Hemingway and marlin

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Some 20 teams will try from Monday to become champions in the 64th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, one of the oldest events of its kind in the world.

The event, promoted in the 1950s by the famous American writer, began in the Marina Residential in Havana, with the traditional captains' meeting, where the organizers provided details about the event and the weather conditions expected during the next several days of fishing.

According to statements by the Marlin SA nautical and marine business group, this edition of the tournament emphasizes the participation of France, with six boats confirmed to date; as well as Canada, USA, Mexico, Britain and Cuba.

Until June 14, the teams will try to capture the best specimen of the competition species (dorado and marlin), through marking and release, which has been promoted since the beginning of the tournament in order to contribute to the preservation of the Cuban marine habitat.

To that end, it also encourages the use of circle hooks to minimize damage, and the introduction of satellite tagging, which reveals the subsequent behaviour of the fish, said Francisco Diaz, director of development, quality and business.

According to the event program, fishing trips will take place on June 10, 11 and 13, while June 12 will be a rest day, with the closing ceremony on June 14.

Because of its location, the island is highly attractive for sport fishing; the deep basins and pits of the Caribbean Sea, and the Straits of Florida and The Bahamas serving as ecological barriers, while the great ocean currents connect it with the migratory routes of pelagic species.

Preceded only by the Tuna World Cup in Nova Scotia, and Tarpon Tournament in Mexico, the Hemingway tournament connects Cuba to the international sport fishing community, as craved by the Nobel Laureate for Literature (The Old Man and the Sea, 1954).
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