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Unique shark tournament returns to Montauk

Montauk, N.Y.’s only satellite tag, catch-and-release, high stakes, big game sport fishing competition combined with cutting-edge science, conservation and informative entertainment focused on saving sharks.

The Shark’s Eye Tournament and Festival returns July 11-13 to the Montauk Marine Basin.

Limited team entries are still available to compete for ten thousand in guaranteed prize money, provided by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, plus half of all entry fees, 100 percent of Calcutta and other prizes. Entry fee is $950.

In 2013, teams tagged and released 64 sharks including 33 mako and 31 blues. 4 of the sharks were satellite tagged.

The companion, shark-themed festival, hosted by the Shark Brothers and special guests, is free to the public from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday. It features event sponsors, a wide variety of merchant vendors, live music and entertainment including appearances by Brian Neal, unique attractions, interactive demonstrations and lots of delicious food and beverages, all on the waterfront, during the entire weekend. A dock party Saturday night runs until 10pm.

Competitors and the public can then track their movements on the Ocearch Global Shark Tracker website — the most followed shark tracking site and app in the world. Tagging operations in 2014 will again be led by Dr. Greg Skomal and Dr. Nancy Kohler. Satellite-tagged sharks will be named by competing anglers and local school children.

Tournament & Team Entry: Contact Carl Darenberg, Montauk Marine Basin, at (631) 668-5900.