The show is over and the critics are finally weighing in on this event. Many sat just inside the shadow to keep an eye on what this event was going to be all about, and after its completion two weeks ago, representatives from both the angling and conservation communities are stepping forward and voicing their opinions on this tourney.
“Our main aim is to reduce mortality, not to keep people from having fun or making money,” Ms. Gornik said. She added that the traditional shark tournament scene was a jarring contrast to efforts to reverse the dramatic decline in shark populations around the world. Hawaii recently became the first state to outlaw the sale of shark fins, most of which are sold in Asia for shark-fin soup.
Due to the success of the outcome of the tournament, many organizations are serenading the tournament creators with wonderful praise and interest for this style of "angling meets conservation" to hopefully one day replace all the kill tournament formats up and down the Eastern seaboard of America.
To read the full article pertaining to the reaction to the tournament check out the link below, directing you to Patric Douglas's blog at SharkDivers.com