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Update on Blue Marlin Verification

After receiving valuable feedback from our participants and our technology experts, the Big Rock Tournament has decided to expand the type of camera used for verification of blue marlin. Any camera that stores media on an SD Card, Micro SD Card or Compact Flash Card may be used. This will open it up to GoPro, Garmin, Tactacam, Canon, Nikon, Sony and many other cameras. *Please note! This does NOT include cell phones.

In the Tournament, a released billfish will be awarded 125 points. If the team can provide indisputable video or photo evidence that the released billfish is a blue marlin, the team will be awarded 400 points. The video or photo must show the mate touching the leader and a clear shot of the fish. When the release form is turned into the weigh station, they must also turn in the SD Card, Micro SD Card or Compact Flash Card from their camera. The media cards will be returned to the participants as soon as possible. It is highly recommended that you have spare media cards.

Be sure to set the date and time on your camera. We will read the metadata associated with the video or photo to be sure it matches the release logs of the tournament committee.

*Because of the sensitive nature of data stored on phones, the tournament will not download information from any phones. Therefore, the tournament will not accept photos or video from phones.

Rule 14

14. RELEASE POINTS FOR Levels VII and VIII - Cash prizes will be awarded to the boats that score the most number of points first. To be considered a release, the crew cannot have attempted to boat or gaff the fish. In order for a billfish to be counted as a release, a member of the fishing team or crewmember must touch the leader. A fish is boated when any portion of the fish breaks the plane of the boat.

Release points are awarded as follows:

Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish, and Hatchett marlin will receive 125 points.

Blue Marlin will be scored at 400 points if the team provides indisputable video or photo evidence to the Rules Committee. In order to qualify for the 400 points, teams must turn in a Release Form in person along with the SD Card, Micro SD Card or Compact Flash Card from their camera. Forms and Media Cards can be turned in at the Official Weigh Station in Morehead City or to the tournament representative at Hatteras Harbor Marina. The Media Card and Release Form must be turned in no later than 10:00 p.m. on the day fish is released to qualify. The Media Card must show continuous video or a clear single photo of the mate touching the leader and clear and indisputable evidence that the fish is a blue marlin. It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure that their camera’s Clock/Date is set accurately to reflect the time and date of the Releases to qualify for the 400 points. All videos will become property of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. In the event that the rules committee is unable to see indisputable evidence that the fish is a blue marlin, the release will be scored at 125 points. The tournament will NOT allow photo’s or video from cell phones.

All other released fish must be attested to by signature of the angler, captain and two witnesses (if available) on board the boat at the time of the release on the Official Release Form provided by the Tournament Committee. This form shall be turned in to the OFFICIAL WEIGH MASTER AT TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS, or any OFFICIAL REPORTING STATION. Release forms must be turned in no later than 10:00 p.m. on the day the fish is released to qualify. Other than blue marlin, billfish forms may also be photographed and emailed to forms@thebigrock.com If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call tournament headquarters to confirm. Release reports will be taken over the phone from the reporting station personnel to the Tournament Headquarters staff each morning of the tournament. The forms will then be forwarded to the Tournament Headquarters by the reporting station for verification.

In the event of ties, the first boats to achieve the winning totals shall be declared the winners.

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