Blue sharks are the ones traditionally caught during the annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble, to be held Aug. 14-17.
The annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble weigh-in takes place Aug. 7 at the Parker-Eakins Wharf behind Rudder’s.
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Yarmouth Shark Scramble co-organizer John Boudreau says he’d like to see more Mako and Thresher hauled aboard. The prospects look promising for this year’s event.
“There’s been a lot of talk about sharks off of Port Maitland and the water is warmer,” he said.
“Registrations for the event, at $110 per participant, are accepted up until the captains’ meeting on Wednesday, upstairs at Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant at 7 p.m.
We have a lot of early interest that we don’t usually have,” said Boudreau.
Jarret Corke, shark project coordinator for World Wildlife Fund’s Halifax office, will be making a presentation during the captains’ meeting. The organization has also provided a prize in the past.
A representative from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography will also be speaking to the crewmembers, who participate in a tagging program.
“The fishermen enjoy that because they get feedback from it,” said Boudreau.
Vessels return with three sharks per boat. Participants tag and release smaller sharks.
Boudreau says “really nice” prizes will be awarded - 20 in total - ranging from $100 to a grand prize valued at $2,200.
Many fishermen depart for fishing grounds after the meeting on Wednesday, returning on Saturday, Aug. 18, for the weigh-ins that start at 1 p.m. at Parker-Eakins Wharf behind Rudder’s.
Cliff Gavel usually provides a running commentary on sharks for the audience.
On Saturday there will also be an inflatable pirate ship in the parking lot for the kids around 10 a.m., with face painting and a sucker pull.
The award ceremony starts at 6 p.m.
Last year 17 boats and 135 fishermen/women registered for the shark derby. Crewmembers aboard the Matador took first prize with their 429-pound blue shark. Forty-eight sharks in total were weighed.