The bad news, they killed 15 sharks, 7 blue-, 6 mako- and 2 thresher-sharks.
The good news, they released 107 sharks. The prize money for the release division was slightly higher than that of the weigh in (kill) division.
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Instead of demonizing the fishermen and questioning their character, like a lot of others do, I want to acknowledge that the organizers are making an effort to lessen the impact those tournaments have on the shark populations. It has always been Shark Diver's position to try to work with fishermen, to educate them about the problems associated with shark fishing and get them to at least, practice catch and release, if not stop fishing for sharks altogether. That was how the shark free marina initiative got started.
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