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Press Release: 2015 Billfish Tournament Registration Now Open February 5, 2015

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Registration is now open for the Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament!

The 2015 Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament, which is owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, is divided into two days:

 The Captain’s Party: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at the Oceanographic Center, 8000 N. Ocean Dr., Dania Beach (inside John U. Lloyd State Park.) The cocktail reception will run from 6-10 p.m. There will be tours of NSU’s Oceanographic Center from 6-7 p.m. and the captain’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

  •  Tournament Day: Saturday, Feb. 28 from either Port Everglades or the Hillsboro Inlet:

o   6-7 a.m. check-out; 7 a.m. “lines in,” 2 p.m. “lines out;”

o   All boats weighing in or turning in billfish release cards must be visually checked in to Port Everglades or Hillsboro Inlet by 3 p.m. (Scales open at 2 p.m.) Boats will be called to the weigh-in dock by boat number, based on the order that they cleared Port Everglades Inlet, over VHF channel 78;

o   Awards Reception, Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The entry fees for the 2015 tournament are:

  • $1,000 general entry;
  • $500 for current NSU students, NSU faculty, staff or alumni;
  • $50 for additional Captain’s Party and Awards Reception tickets.

Anyone interested in participating in or sponsoring the 2015 Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament is urged to contact tournament officials via e-mail (fishingtournament@nova.edu) or by calling 954-262-2105. You can find more information online at www.nova.edu/fishingtournament.

While there are numerous fishing tournaments each year, what separates this from the others is that it provides direct support for NSU’s Oceanographic Center, which is dedicated to studying and protecting the world’s oceans and the marine life they contain. That’s why the Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament provides trophies and smaller cash prizes – $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third place; all of the proceeds are earmarked for the Oceanographic Center Fishing Tournament Scholarship Fund. This endowment provides scholarship assistance to attract, retain, encourage, and support high academically achieving and productive graduate students at NSU’s Oceanographic Center who are engaged in outstanding research in the marine sciences.

As this tournament supports an institution of higher learning, of course there’s an educational component built in to the event. Students, along with their professors, will be staffing the weigh-in area to collect samples from the fish caught by the participants and taking various tissue and other samples for further study back at the Oceanographic Center’s labs.

** MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: While all media are encouraged to cover events on both days, NSU is extending a special invitation to all South Florida TV media to set up live remotes at the Captain’s Party being held at NSU’s Oceanographic Center. The Oceanographic Center’s location lends itself to great visuals as it at the northern end of John U. Lloyd State Park, near the entrance of Port Everglades. Media can set up early in order to do live “hits” during the 4-6 p.m. time slots. Tournament officials, participants and students and officials from NSU’s Oceanographic Center will be made available for interviews.

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About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with approximately 26,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information, visit www.nova.edu. Celebrating more than 50 years of academic excellence!

About NSU’s Oceanographic Center: The Oceanographic Center provides high-quality graduate education programs (i.e. masters, doctoral, certificate) in a broad range of marine science disciplines. Center researchers carry out innovative, basic and applied marine and research programs in coral reel biology, ecology, and geology; fish biology, ecology, and conservation; shark and billfish ecology; fisheries science; deep sea organismal biology and ecology; invertebrate and vertebrate genomics, genetics, molecular ecology, and evolution; microbiology; biodiversity;  observation and modeling of large scale ocean circulation, coastal dynamics, and ocean atmosphere coupling;  biodiversity; calcification and more. For more information, please visit http://www.nova.edu/ocean

About the Marine Industries Association of South Florida: The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is a nonprofit trade organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 110,000 middle class jobs in Broward County and 136,000 jobs regionally in marine businesses. MIASF does this by promoting boating lifestyles from family cruising and fishing to yachts and the goods and services that sustain them, driving the economic output to $8.8 billion in Broward County and $11.5 billion regionally. MIASF, which owns the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, was created in 1961. For more information, please visit www.miasf.org.

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Marine Industries Association of South Florida. 221 SW 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Phone: 954.524.2733