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 2021 Tournament Dates: September 18th – 22nd, 2021

NOTE:

DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC SITUATION TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS WILL FOLLOW THE 2020 PROCEDURES 

THE 2021 TOURNAMENT WILL BE OPERATED OUT OF THE SAMBRO OCEANVIEW FISHERIES FACILITIES WITH NO SOCIAL EVENTS PLANNED. 

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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 (April 24-29) of 2022 in Quepos, Costa Rica. www.offshoreworldchampionship.com

Because of Covid 19 restrictions, tuna weigh-ins will be conducted at the Oceanview Fisheries facilities in Sambro with strict social distancing procedures and thus will unfortunately not be available for public viewing.  No opening and closing ceremonies or other social gatherings will be provided for this years tournament. Captains will be required to sign a Covid Liability Waiver covering themselves and their crew and will be responsible for safely operating on their respective vessels. Limited vessel dockage will be available along the Halifax waterfront and provided by Develop Nova Scotia for vessels from outside the area and local vessels are encouraged to use their private dockage if possible.  Note that communications between the Committee and Teams will be primarily by phone or email or VHF with limited person to person contact only to pass necessary items and/or documents.

Competitors will be vying for the Halifax Chronicle Herald Tuna Tournament Trophy along with the excitement and adrenaline 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 authorisation by DFO/ALPAC (Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Atlantic Large Pelagics Advisory Committee) to conduct Bluefin Tuna Tournaments in the Halifax region.  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.

  • Bluefin Tuna are managed in the Atlantic by the international commission for the conservation of Atlantic tuna (ICCAT). Quotas are set at sustainable levels by the International members based on the most up to date scientific advice. As a member of ICCAT, Canada receives an allocation based on this scientific data. The tournament fishes within the Canadian allocation, hence at a sustainable level that allows the stocks to continue to grow.”

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 optimise 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.

The registration deadline is Friday, September 10th, 2021.  This allows us better time management with regards to arranging with DFO and ordering necessary items.  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.