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Marlin big game fishing in Seychelles is taking new importance and welcomed by Tourism Minister as a marketing tool

Marlin big game fishing in Seychelles is taking new importance and welcomed by Tourism Minister as a marketing tool ( The Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) has again last week organized their Marlin Slam Fishing Tournament that saw 18 boats set off at 3 am for a full day of competition. For the first time in Seychelles, a Seychelles Rupees 250,000 (a quarter of a million Seychelles Rupees - approximately US$20,000) was announced as the prize for the winner of this one-day competition.

Seychelles has always been known as a Big Game Fishing paradise and marketed as such by the island`s Tourism Board, but the new drive by fishing enthusiasts since the last couple of years has brought a new dimension to Big Game Fishing Competition in Seychelles. The abundant seas of these mid-ocean islands have always attracted Big Game Fishing amateurs, but now the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) is making the sport an affair set to attract more and more professionals who follow such competitions around the world.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, was personally at Eden Island`s Boardwalk Restaurant to watch the eighteen boats return to port from their day competition, and he said that it was important for the Tourism Board to work with the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) to include such a Marlin Slam Fishing Tournament as a national event on the Tourism Board`s Calendar of Events. “Being present as the fishing boats were returning to port, seeing the excitement by the big crowd gathered to see the catch as they are weighed, seeing the expression of joy by both the Seychellois and tourists present as one big marlin after the other was pulled up and weighed, showed that the event needs to be publicized and made more visible than it was," Minister St.Ange said.

The Minister went on to state that Big Game Fishing had always been considered a niche market for Seychelles, but the competition itself can and should be seen as a new niche attraction and a new activity that can help increase the yield for the island`s tourism industry. “Every new attraction, every new facility or event, can bring extra visitors and increase the spending on the island. We will work with the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) and see how we can make this Marlin Slam Fishing Tournament more seen and more known," Minister St.Ange said.

This year Team Island Star won the competition with a 212-kg blue marlin. Team Top Gun came in second place with a 94.5-kg marlin, and Team Kuki in third place with a 52.5-kg marlin.


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