Yarmouth Shark Scramble
The Yarmouth Shark Scramble is an annual event held in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Started in 1998 by Bob Gavel, hundreds of participants on over a dozen vessels compete each year to catch the largest shark.
In the 2004 Shark Scramble, a Canadian Record Shortfin Mako Shark was landed weighing in at 1083 lbs and measuring 11 ft 3”. A life size Replica of this Canadian Record Shark will placed on the Yarmouth Waterfront this summer and unveiled during the
weigh-ins of the 2020 YSS Tournament.
Up Close & Personal
Watch the exciting weigh-ins live and take in the action on Yarmouth's waterfront. Awards are given for first, second and third place rankings for the heaviest blue shark. Youth can also compete for the Up & Coming Youngest Sharker Award!
The party continues after the awards banquet with a dance featuring live music right on the waterfront! The Yarmouth Shark Scramble has something to offer everyone of all ages.
Education & Science
The Yarmouth Shark Scramble provides great opportunities and resources for both education and science. Each year, students and scientists from across the province attend the event. The event also helps with tag and release efforts.
From a scientific perspective, the tournaments are used to try and answer questions about the diet, age and growth of the blue shark, the impacts of the landings of the tournaments in regard to the overall population, as well as exploitation rates – how often the sharks are caught and recaptured in the fishing gear.
If you'd like to contact the organizers of the Yarmouth Shark Scramble, please use the form below. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.