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José Miguel Diaz Escrch, Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club confirmed today the arrival to Cuba of the first group of US competitors participating in the 65th Ernest Hemingway International Tournament Fishing of Marlin.

The list of participants includes John and Patrick Hemingway, grandsons of the famous American writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (The Old Man and the Sea, 1954).

The contest, to be held until February 30 in the Residential Marina, Havana , will start today with the traditional Captains Meeting.

 The teams will try to capture pelagic billfish through the method of catch and release, promoted since the beginning of the competition to contribute to the preservation of Cuban marine habitat.

 Because of its location, the island is highly attractive for sport fishing; the deep basins of the Caribbean Sea and the Straits of Florida and Bahamas serve as ecological barriers, while large ocean currents connect it with the routes of pelagic species.



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