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Bahamas Billfish Championship adds event and sponsor

The Bahamas Billfish Championship said it added a new sponsor and a new event.

The Bahamas Billfish Championship announced that it added a new sponsor and a new tournament sportfishing event.

Blue Marlin Motors USA committed to a two-year sponsorship of the newly created Treasure Coast & Palm Beach Blue Marlin Tournament, which will debut June 25 in Jupiter, Fla.

The “family fun” tournament will serve as an additional event in the annual Bahamas Billfish Championship, which consists of four competitive tournaments from April through June in the Abacos.

"Florida marlin fishing has been a thing of the past for too long,” Blue Marlin Motors owner Craig Danzig said in a statement. “The blue marlin is the largest of the Atlantic marlins and one of the biggest fish in the world. It is our goal with this tournament to re-establish blue marlin fishing in Florida waters and get people involved once again.”

The no-kill tournament offers a $25,000 first prize and will include many family-friendly activities and a raffle for a mint-condition classic hot rod car from the Blue Marlin Motors showroom. Stuart, Fla.-based Blue Marlin Motors sells and services distinctive motor vehicles to an international client base. BMM also will provide a co-branded, fully rigged 41-foot Bahama Boatworks center console to serve as a tournament boat for each BBC event.

“We are very excited to work with Blue Marlin Motors, which has generously offered a substantial sponsorship,” said Jennifer Jones, vice president of marketing and events for the Active Interest Media Marine Group, which purchased the BBC earlier this year.

For information about sponsorship or participation in the Treasure Coast & Palm Beach Blue Marlin Tournament, contact Derek Coutu at dcoutu@aimmedia.com.

The 42nd annual BBC is underway. The third leg, the Treasure Cay Championship, is scheduled for May 27-30 and the June 10-13 Boat Harbour Championship will follow it.

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