PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Now in its 5th year, the Black Tip challenge has started and runs through February 3rd.
The fishing tournament takes advantage of the shark migration that happens this time of year off our waters. Thousands of sharks are seen swimming by, some only a foot or two from shore.
The goal is to catch and release as many black tip sharks as possible, not from a boat, but from the beach.
It's not just for sport either. Scientists and researchers from Nova Southeastern University and St. Mary's Medical Center contacted tournament founder and director Joshua Jorgensen about measuring, tagging, and logging all their catches for the purpose of research.
"The purpose of this research is to improve the medical treatment of a shark attack victim," the contest director said in a written release.
Florida ranks #1 in shark attacks around the country. In 2011, there were 11 shark attacks in Florida. To compare, California and Hawaii both had 3. See more shark statistics.
Fishing will start on Thursday January 31st at 12:00 a.m and will end on Saturday February 2nd at 11:59 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held at Ocean Reef Park in Riviera Beach at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday February 3rd.
Sharks can be caught from St. Augustine to South Beach in Miami-Dade County. All catches must be from the beach and no chumming is allowed.
If you'd like more information on the tournament, contact Joshua Jorgensen, at 561-727-9531 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org