The Department of Planning and Natural Resources has been diligently working to manage and control the rapidly growing lionfish population. Now as part of that effort, they’re encouraging residents to put them on the plate and eat them. They also want more fisherman to have incentives for catching the spiny predator, and they hope to get legislative funding to assist the fishermen in that regard.
Source: Virgin Islands CBS News 2
Alice Town, Bimini – Perhaps not since the days of Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey has Bimini seen such an accumulation of world class artists gathered for a fishing tournament.
Instead of men who make their living with words, these artists capture the world in bronze, marble, watercolors, acrylics, oils and photography.
Bimini hasn’t seen a group together like this in many, many years, said Ned Stone, tournament director for next week’s Guy Harvey Billfish Invitational.
In addition to Dr. Harvey, Bimini will be hosting visits from internationally known sculptors Kent Ullberg and Ed Pang (who created the tournament’s Hemingway-Lerner and Frank Johnson trophies, respectively) and celebrated marine/wildlife photographers Marc Montocchio, Pat Ford and Scott Kerrigan.
Bimini itself comprises the full artist palette a colorful feast for the eyes and senses, said Harvey, who will be competing in the tournament aboard Captain Billy Black’s El Viejo. There’s no other place like it in the world like Bimini, and little wonder that it drew men like Hemingway and Grey to its shores.
Ernest Hemingway was an early apostle to the Bimini experience in the 1930s, where he drank, brawled and wrote his way through several fishing seasons, traveling back and forth between his home in Key West and his beloved his characterizations came from a world populated by giant blue marlin, bluefin tuna and schools of sharks almost too large to count. With his literary acclaim and sporting prowess, Hemingway, together with countless other kindred spirits like novelist Zane Grey and scientist/naturalist Michael Lerner, established Bimini as the Big Game Fishing Capital of the World, home today to some 50 world record catches and counting.
Harvey, a celebrated artist, scientist and conservationist, is hosting the The Billfish Invitational at the historic Big Game Club located in Bimini’s Alice Town. The tournament will run from May 18-21.
The all release tournament will feature three days of fishing, and target all billfish species. In addition to individual prizes, the tournament format will include the award of the two perpetual trophies, to be displayed in the Club’s new trophy room lounge.
Eligible species for the Billfish Tournament include Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish and Swordfish.
Tournament sponsors include Woods and Associates, www.woodsyachts.com, which originally began in Fort Myers Beach as Woods & Oviatt in 1973, has long been a fixture in South Florida yacht and sportfishing boat sales. A Blue Marlin Sponsor, the family-run firm joins Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Costa del Mar sunglasses (Sailfish category) and by Rybovich, the Bimini Boatyard, Johnson Marine Electronics, Seacoast Marine Finance, ACR Electronics, Luu Marine & Associates and Sky Limo Air Charters (Wahoo category).
Administered by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the IGFA, net tournament proceeds will be reinvested in Bimini and surrounding waters. For registration and further details, contact Captain Ned Store at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-524-2225 (office) or 954-205-9595 (cell).
Author: John Bell