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MEDIA RELEASE - Hooked on Tuna provides community dividends

30 August 2018

Record entries to Portland’s popular Hooked on Tuna competition injected more than $600,000 into the local economy this Autumn building strong foundations for a bigger event in 2019.

Council this week shared $5000 raised from entry fees from the five-week long competition with joint organisers the Portland Lions Club.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the service club, who were supported by the Portland Sports Game Fishing Club in coordinating festivities with council staff, had been “extremely influential” in the event’s success.

“There were a record 240 entrants in this year’s event, which was a 30 per cent increase on 2017 – an outstanding result,” Cr Rank said.

“This outcome is testament to the hard work of the Portland Lions Club and Portland Sports Game Fishing Club volunteers who were there every weekend, at the crack of dawn and at the end of the day to take entry fees and weigh the days catches.

“There efforts assisted in gaining Portland national media attention as Melbourne angler Paul Hourmouzis lured an almost 106kg tuna to take the overall winner’s cheque.

“His haul was one of a handful of ‘barrel’ catches during the competition, attracting significant online media attention assisting to further cement Portland’s profile as Australia’s southern Bluefin tuna capital.”

Portland Lions Club spokesperson Michael Hunter said the event revenue would be used to support the Portland Coast Guard and other community-based projects.

“Our Lions’ volunteers thoroughly enjoy assisting at this popular event which is providing significant economic benefits for our tourism economy. These anglers were travelling from right across the state, and South Australia with their eyes on achieving a big catch, staying at local accommodation outlets, eating at local restaurants and supporting local businesses,” Mr Hunter said.

“It is our pleasure to be able to share the funds raised with the Portland Coast Guard who play an invaluable service at this competition, and year-round, protecting all users of our coastline. They will use these funds to help purchase more vital equipment to make their job easier and ensure we can all take to the water under their watchful eye.”

Plans are now being made for the 2019 competition which will be held over five weekends from 5 April 2019.

Cr Rank said council’s events team was now seeking major sponsors to further grow the event.

To learn more on how to sponsor contact council’s tourism and events officer Michelle Mitchell on 5522 2158 or email

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