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Old 06-11-2019, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
And that sounds like bullshit to me. The "researchers" probably take a muscle core sample, a bone sample, and throw the rest in the dumpster.
I can tell you this, if the majority of the fish is being thrown in the dumpster, it's by no means the fault of the scientist collecting samples. Without the tournament or fishermen there would be no sample to collect, so the responsibility of the fish belongs to the angler or the tournament organizer.

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Old 06-11-2019, 11:09 AM
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Put 'em on ice, filet it up, salt & peppa, fire it on the grill and shapow got ya'self a marlin burga! All in the name of research of course.
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by burningdaylight View Post
I can tell you this, if the majority of the fish is being thrown in the dumpster, it's by no means the fault of the scientist collecting samples. Without the tournament or fishermen there would be no sample to collect, so the responsibility of the fish belongs to the angler or the tournament organizer.
I didn't read that as a shot on the researchers. I see it as a fig leaf used by the tournament itself. Scientists get plenty of access to these fish. Sure, they will come and grab samples, but they don't need them. They have plenty of ways to get them.

The organizers are trying to avoid green peace or peta showing up in force. It's not fooling them though.

This can be solved with an ice requirement and a food processing fee. Have some fish mongers at the dock professionally steak the fish out. If they were mishandled from a food grade perspective, take points.

Easy peasy.
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
I didn't read that as a shot on the researchers. I see it as a fig leaf used by the tournament itself. Scientists get plenty of access to these fish. Sure, they will come and grab samples, but they don't need them. They have plenty of ways to get them.

The organizers are trying to avoid green peace or peta showing up in force. It's not fooling them though.

This can be solved with an ice requirement and a food processing fee. Have some fish mongers at the dock professionally steak the fish out. If they were mishandled from a food grade perspective, take points.

Easy peasy.
Very good points. I agree, you can't pretend to say "nothing goes to waste" but then clearly mishandle the fish once it's weighed.
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
I didn't read that as a shot on the researchers. I see it as a fig leaf used by the tournament itself. Scientists get plenty of access to these fish. Sure, they will come and grab samples, but they don't need them. They have plenty of ways to get them.

The organizers are trying to avoid green peace or peta showing up in force. It's not fooling them though.

This can be solved with an ice requirement and a food processing fee. Have some fish mongers at the dock professionally steak the fish out. If they were mishandled from a food grade perspective, take points.

Easy peasy.
Absolutely. You can also get around it by rewarding length instead of weight. You can bleed the fish out and core it and still get a reasonable length and girth to estimate what the weight was.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
And that sounds like bullshit to me. The "researchers" probably take a muscle core sample, a bone sample, and throw the rest in the dumpster.

Feel free to ride down and ask the researchers. UNC has a large facility in Morehead called the Institute of Marine Sciences and Duke has a research facility in Beaufort as well.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:33 PM
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Absolutely. You can also get around it by rewarding length instead of weight. You can bleed the fish out and core it and still get a reasonable length and girth to estimate what the weight was.

Yes awarding a million bucks on an estimate is gonna go over REAL well. Lord. This year has been unusual with the number of over 500 pound fish weighed, but there will still likely be 10 or fewer fish killed all week. Fish have to be 110 inches or 400 pounds to be weighed or there's a penalty.

If any of y'all have watched any of the weigh ins, the fish have generally still been bright blue, some even still showing their stripes when they've been hoisted up. Thats after a minimum 2.5 hr boat ride. These guys spend six figures to fish this thing, they are doing everything they can to save all the weight they can if they have a big one. Just a couple years ago 4 pounds was the difference between 3rd and 4th IIRC, which was a 6 figure payday vs nothing.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:38 AM
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Here's what they do with them.

https://wcti12.com/news/local/heres-...bWJb7OYP3vV5qQ
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Interesting. No food use whatsoever. Just a few samples and off she goes.

This does make it convenient for researchers to be sure, but they still have other ways to get samples. Strikes me as a fig leaf.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:21 AM
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Blue Marlin under 200 lbs is good eating so too is sail fish under 50 lbs but any fish that i kill gets eaten I dont fish tournaments any more but when I did the fish was all donated to different charities
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
Interesting. No food use whatsoever. Just a few samples and off she goes.

This does make it convenient for researchers to be sure, but they still have other ways to get samples. Strikes me as a fig leaf.
Oh FFS
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:28 PM
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He’s right, it’s a fig leaf, and a damn small one when PETA starts creeping around at night with bombs.

A proactive approach of bringing in a fishmonger to cut and wrap and an agreement with local food banks to dispense would be a much better strategy. Right now you have the perception of a bunch of “rich white guys” out killing fish for fun with no regard for the planet or anyone else. There should be a concerted effort to promote the usage of the meat. I read seven fish came in during one day. More than a ton of viable protein that could have been used by food banks and homeless shelters. Ultimately the sport is doomed but if you make a better perception it may last a little longer than it’s current trajectory.
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