AS MANY AS 67 TEAMS PARTICIPATED IN THE OFFSHORE WORLD CHALLENGE – POREČ 2017
Last night’s ceremony on the Poreč waterfront officially marked the opening of the 3rd OFFSHORE WORLD CHALLENGE – POREČ 2017, an international big game fishing tournament that attracts an increasing number of participants and spectators each year. As many as 67 teams participated in this year’s prestigious big game fishing competition held in the Poreč aquatorium, undaunted by the days-long rain and south-westerly wind. Most of the registered teams hailed from Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, with participants from Austria, Germany and Russia also competing in the tournament.
At the opening ceremony, the Mayor of Poreč Loris Peršurić emphasised the importance of the event for the city of Poreč, which is becoming an increasingly popular destination for big game and sports fishing enthusiasts, due to the usually tranquil sea and the abundance of large fish. Franko Čerin, the main organizer and President of the Sports Fishing Club Big Game 4 Tuna, and Tonči Luketa, the main judge and the Vice-President of the Croatian Sports Sea Fishing Association, informed all the participants about the schedules, news and rules of the competition. A number of competing teams were introduced and given their starting numbers at the opening ceremony of the competition, which doubles as a qualifying tournament for the World Championship, which will be held next year in April in Quepos, Costa Rica.
The Ministry of Agriculture approved a catch quota of 2,754 kilograms for the purpose of this year’s tournament, while the rest of the fish were being caught according to the catch&release principle, which stipulates that the fish must ultimately be released back into the sea unharmed.