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21-25 September 2016

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This coming September in Halifax, NS, international and local sports fishermen will join private boaters along with local charters to compete in the “Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament (HNSITT)”.   The HNSITT proudly announces that this year’s tournament will be a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship (OWC) billfishing tournament to be held in April of 2017 in Quepos, Costa Rica (to be confirmed).  www.offshoreworldchampionship.com

Competitors will be vying for the Halifax Chronicle Herald Tuna Tournament Trophy along with the excitement and adrenalin rush of catching one of the toughest of all big-game fish. The Halifax Tuna Tournament Society (HTTS) is proud to announce that in June 2012, we have been awarded authorization by DFO/ALPAC (Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Atlantic Large Pelagics Advisory Committee) to conduct Bluefin Tuna Tournaments in the Halifax region over the next five years.  This includes access to the ten (10), non quota restricted, tuna tags that are customarily donated annually by the various fishing associations for charity purposes.  HTTS will also pursue access to additional tags through various tuna fishing associations to facilitate sanctioning of the event and to determine the final total number of bluefin tuna that may be landed in support of the IWK Foundation.

Any fish landed in the tournament will be sold domestically and/or overseas with the proceeds of all sales being donated to the “IWK Health Centre Foundation” in Halifax Nova Scotia. In order to optimize charitable contributions for the event, a portion of the tournament entry fees will be directly donated to the IWK in lieu of any cash prizes awarded to the tournament winners.

The Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament is one of the few opportunities to recreationally fish for the highly regulated and elusive bluefin tuna for both private and commercial/charter fishers. Tuna weigh-ins and vessel dockage will be along the Halifax Waterfront at the South Battery Marina (Bishop’s Landing) through the period of Wednesday the 21st to Sunday the 25th of September in 2016 (to be confirmed with DFO authorization).   Facilities access has been generously sponsored by Waterfront Development.  Halifax region tournaments in the past have caught bluefin tuna in the range of 600 to 900 pounds and 8 to 9 feet in length.

The Halifax International Tuna Tournament results and press releases are included on the Photos & Releases Page.

HTTS would like to thank DFO, the donating fishing associations and all of our other generous donors for making this tournament possible.  Please click on the links below to patronize our donors if you can, Thanks.