About Us

Josh Jorgensen speaking at the Blacktip Challenge awards ceremony

The Blacktip Challenge is a catch, tag and release shark fishing tournament on Florida's East Coast. It's an exciting and beneficial combination of competitive sport fishing, adventure, entertainment, scientific research and education. Anglers that participate in the tournament are educated about proper shark tagging techniques and procedures.

The Blacktip Challenge and its anglers actively take part in an important joint-research effort with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Apex Predator Cooperative Shark Tagging Program and the International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association. This makes the angler's role as a competitor also one of an important contributor to the knowledge and understanding of these animals. Information collected by anglers is sent to NOAA and the Apex Predator Program for further analysis. Our hope is that anglers continue this practice outside of the tournament.

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