Yarmouth Shark Scramble Underway With 19 Vessels, 150 Participants

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:18 PM

For the first time in three years, boats are leaving Yarmouth Harbour this afternoon for the Shark Scramble.

19 vessels carrying 150 participants will try to catch the largest shark.

Weigh-ins are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, both at noon on the waterfront.

Co-organizer Bob Gavel says they are thrilled to have so many participants.

"We have people from as far away as Digby, Pubnico, Alberta and the west coast, even Whitehorse in the Yukon. It's been great!"

Gavel says the boats will be going from 30 to 120 miles offshore.

On the waterfront this weekend, educational activities will coincide with the weigh-ins, including activities for kids.

"We'll have educational sessions on sharks, a fish pond for the kids, balloons, face painting, there will be a ton of stuff here for everyone to enjoy."

Gavel says DFO will be on hand to perform biological testing on the sharks as well.

Not everyone is thrilled over the event's return, with some on social media creating a petition.

Gavel says a very small percentage of sharks are caught, and the event helps DFO determine how the shark population is doing.