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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 2004 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 be placed on the Yarmouth Waterfront this summer and unveiled during the weigh-ins of the 2021 YSS Tournament.

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 longest 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.


The Yarmouth Shark Scramble Committee is proud to give back to the Yarmouth Area through funds generated with the event. The event provides donations to Yarmouth's 100 Meals program, The Juniper House, local churches, as well as other local non-profit organizations in need of assistance. 

Education & Science

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. 

Additional Resources

Procedure for Cleaning a Shark Jaw

Rules & Regulations

A full list of Shark Scramble rules and regulations can be found in this downloadable PDF. 

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