Sixty years ago this week, Louisiana oilman Alfred Glassell Jr. became a fishing legend. In the sea of Cabo Blanco, Peru, on board a yacht baptized ‘Miss Texas’, he caught a Black Marlin that weighed 1560 pounds, a historical record that was filmed for the Hollywood adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (1958).
As a consequence, Cabo Blanco achieved worldwide fame, to be visited by the likes of Marylin Monroe, John Wayne and Gary Cooper. The sea’s warm weather and location, situated on the confluence of three currents, also made it the only place on the planet with a twelve month fishing season – hence the seven world fishing records achieved during the 50’s and 60’s.
Sadly, an exploitation of natural resources has led to a loss in this marine supremacy for Cabo Blanco, which is why ecotourism pioneer Inkaterra has organised the 1st Conference for Research, Conservation and Development of the Peruvian Tropical Sea. This is part of the company’s aim to support scientific discoveries that will ultimately protect natural resources and boost the enterprises of local communities.
Celebrated from the 2nd-4th August, the congress will include high profile exhibitors such as Rob Kramer (President of the International Game Fish Association) and Professor Nelson Ehrardt (Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric science). The legendary “Miss Texas”, will also be on display on the first day of the conference at the Lima Marina Club, having been fully restored by Inkaterra, before it returns to the Northern Sea for its next great adventure.
Stamps celebrating the 60th anniversary of Glassell’s renowned catch; On sale from 2nd August.
“The tropical sea of Peru is a globally outstanding place for marine biodiversity, including many commercially important and endangered species. The designation of a marine protected area to preserve and restore marine life while ensuring the economic benefits to oceandependent communities by the Government of Peru, would be great news”.
–Terry D. Garcia,
Executive Vice President, Missions Programs of National Geographic Society