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September 21, 2007

Catch-and-Release Tournament
Highlights Sport and Conservation

 
The year-long AFTCO Tag/Flag Tournamentpresented awards to conservation-minded anglers who tag and releaselarge numbers of popular game fish. Tagging provides scientistswith information about the migration patterns and biology of fish.The 2000 Atlantic Ocean Captain of the Year trophy went to PaulIvey, who tagged 119 blue marlin, 209 white marlin and 125 sailfish.The 2000 Pacific Ocean Captain of the Year trophy went to JulioCota. Tagging programs involved in the AFTCO tournament includeThe Billfish Foundation and National Marine Fisheries CooperativeTagging Program, which operates in both the Atlantic and Pacific,and the California Department of Fish & Game Pelagic SharkTagging Program, which operates in the Pacific. Organizationssponsoring trophies include the American Sportfishing Association,The Billfish Foundation, the International Game Fish Associationand the National Coalition for Marine Conservation.

The 2000 Atlantic Ocean Angler of the YearAward went to Scott R. Steele. The Pacific Ocean Captain Anglerof the Year was Michael Murray.

In the Atlantic, individual captain awardsfor the most fish tagged went to (number of fish tagged in parentheses):Paul Ivey - Blue Marlin (119), Paul Ivey - White Marlin(209),Paul Ivey - Sailfish(125), Gary Stuve - Bluefin Tuna (171), RandyDavis - Yellowfin & Bigeye Tuna (17). Angler awards to ScottR. Steele - Blue Marlin (35), Scott R. Steele - White Marlin (42),J. Richard Jeck - Sailfish (62), Barry Fitzpatrick - Bluefin Tuna(83), Phyllis Foster - Yellowfin & Bigeye Tuna (7).

In the Pacific, captain awards went to JoseIbarquen - Blue/Black Marlin (24), Mike Adkins - Striped Marlin(132), Ron Hamlin - Sailfish (1,137), Deana Poe - Shark (9). Anglerawards were received by Mike Foster - Blue/Black Marlin (6), MichaelMurray - Stripe Marlin (19), Enrico Capozzi - Sailfish (235),Keith Poe - Shark (9). Unfortunately, there were no recorded BluefinTuna tagged.

Atlantic 2000 East Coast

Blue Marlin (10)- Scott R. Steele, Kent Hamill, Cathy Hamill, Harry Sargeant, JoseA. Valdes, Jr., Bob Degabrielle.

Bluefin Tuna (5) - Jim Muddlesman, Sloan Anderson, Sam Atkinson, Barry Fitzpatrick, Stanley Klimek, Robert Frevert, Peter Wright, Richard Worley, Collen Clair,Charles Cipola, Greg Worley, Bill Buckland, Ed Crawford, TysonColton, Andy Ciok, Robert Morra, Tony Tartoria, Marty Kazarian,John Hinves, Wayne Turner, Roger Pinard, James Riedman, Mel Immergut,Dennis McMahon.

Sailfish (15) - Janet Hammond, Jack Christrianson, J. Richard Jeck, Scott R. Steele.

White Marlin (5) - Scott R. Steele, Ivan Cadiz, Phillip Wills, Adrian Stella, GreggM. Paley, John Bone, Steve Diamond, Alberto Carlos Gual, StanleyKlimek, Jonathan C. Arn, Roberto Garcia, Donald Lee, Francis Mascialino,Keith McCullar, Charles Nichols, Bruce Neadross, Leonard Rosen,Walter Coupe.

Yellowfin Tuna (5) - Phyllis Foster, Lero Brown, Scott R. Steele.

Pacific 2000 West Coast

Sailfish (10) - Enrico Capozzi, Fernando Aguilar, Thomas Irizarry, Thomas Colquhoun, Stephen Bolick, Chip Linville, Tricia Phillips, David Campbell,Mike Tracey, Marshall Brown, Bardy Foller, Acha Lord,Gary Carter,Sherrell Carter, John Cole, Mark Roy, Phil Kindla, Mike Phillips,Bob Degabrielle, Ken Creel, Thomas Murray Jr., Tim Mossberg, RobertRippy, Wade Cantrelle, Dick Reede, Richard Gremillion, MichaelHazel, Fred Ingles, Don Mercovich, Lee Orgeron, Diego Aguilar,Jose Fullana Fr., Janet Hammond, Joseph Mayer, Bill Easum, CharlesGilley Jr., Bill Hilton, Carolyn Hilton, William O'Keefe,Fredrick Thurston, Todd Garrett, William Gooch, Steve Hughes.

Striped Marlin (5) - Michael Murray, Steve Gaskill, Darren Doonan, Greg Maiuro, Jeff Raab, Ronald Bradley, Matt Feinstone, Damon Chouest, David Knoff, RichardPeckham, Roy Benson, Roger Cormier, David Denholm, Rick Weber,Beau Gaynor, Mike Gaynor, Frank Marrazzo, Anthony Santorufo, MikeAdkins, Harvey Barish, Parke Berolzheimer, Dino Chouest, Boe Gordon,Cheryl Hilton, Dick Landfield, Annie Lannigan, Kenneth Mitchell,Mary Morgan, Alphonse Poklis, Don Santorufo, Jeff Solis, ChuckWeber.

Blue/Black Marlin (3) - Jose Ibarquen, Mike Foster, William Entenmann, Peter Kinkel,Tom Mahaffey, William McDonald, Robert Anthony, David Burnett,James F. Jefferson, Rafael Monjo, Kurt Naxero, Steve Richardson,Mary Timmons.