The following article was pulled from Beel den Stormer Presents the Only Fishery Blog You Need. It was written by Beel den Stormer. Check out his “Fish, Fisheries and Queryomics” blog at denstormerpresents.com.
Pinocchio Tarpon Tournament Series, According to Save the Tarpon
The Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) has been caught up in a web of deceit of its own making, according to a report by Save the Tarpon. Like Congress, Save the Tarpon made an impactful statement just before adjourning. In this case, for a fundraising shindig on Sunday (3 March 2013).
Please friends, allow Beel to summarize several claims made by Save the Tarpon.
Save the Tarpon reports that in September 2012 PTTS television show host Joe Mercurio told Florida Fish and Wildlife Commissioners that PTTS would “voluntarily” replace its gaff, drag, and release tournament format with an alternative format that would be less stressful to the fish.
Reportedly, Mercurio then requested that the commission disregard this this promise.
Save the Tarpon also reports that Mercurio later stated, “I ask that you accept these changes as part of all of our responsibility to ensure the conservation and preservation efforts we have made in the past continue to have a positive impact on the fish and fishery.”
Okay, like a hungry tarpon, Beel will bite. Which “changes?” The initial change of format, or the subsequent reversion to the status quo?
Finally, Save the Tarpon reports that Mercurio promised the commission that, “This year, we pledge to provide $15,000 to further support the FWRI’s [Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute] Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study.”
Evidently, the check was lost in the mail as FWRI has not received it as of this date, according to FWRI’s lead tarpon researcher Dr. Kathy Guindon.
Given the nature of the controversy, it is not at all in PTTS’s favor to be so inconsistent on the record.
Last week Beel commented on this controversy and noted that the PTTS represented, “A Case History of Catastrophically Poor Public Relations.”
Since that report, Beel has learned that Mercurio has a degree in public relations. Oh well, Beel guesses its all about grade inflation.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.”
Sir Walter Scott (1808)
Disclaimer: Beel actually looked into attending the shindig to speak with Save the Tarpon principles to learn more about this controversy. However, the 18-hour flight + layover (each way) precluded such a trip.