Blue Water Conservationist Award

Born from the concern over declining catches is a new incentive program, the Blue Water Conservation Award. This award program has been established by the Governor's Cup to encourage sportsman to aid fishery managers by tagging tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Hopefully, participants will find the original, hand-carved trophy by Chris Costello, awarded to the boat accumulating the most points tagging these three species, to be an incentive to tag fish for science. By tagging and releasing some of their tuna, dolphin and wahoo catch, sportsfishermen can make a contribution to the future of these gamefish through the information gathered when these fish are recovered.

YearBoatOwnerCaptainPoints
2013PetrelHarry Johnson, Jr. - Charleston, SCThomas Wynne1150 pts
2012Summer GirlJohn Smith – Charleston,
Stevie Leasure – Charleston,
Mike Jackson – Walterboro
Stevie Leasure1050 pts
2011CarambaBob Faith - Mount Pleasant, SCDale Lackey2050 pts
2010PetrelHarry Johnson, Jr. - Charleston, SCThomas Wynne1100 pts
2009BlacksheepJohn Murdaugh - Bluffton,
Lee Arnett - Spartanburg
Lee Arnett550 pts
2008Summer GirlJohn Smith – Charleston,
Stevie Leasure – Charleston,
Robbie Hooker – Charleston
Stevie Leasure1350 pts
2007Summer GirlJohn Smith – Charleston,
Stevie Leasure – Charleston,
Robbie Hooker – Charleston
Stevie Leasure750 pts
2006HoudiniJim Shannon - CharlestonWayne Skinner1350 pts
2005PetrelHarry Johnson, Jr. - CharlestonThomas Wynne1700 pts
2004Summer GirlDean Kelly - Folly Beach,
Steve Leasure - Charleston,
John Smith - Walterboro
Charlie Aimar5300 pts
2003Summer GirlDean Kelly - Folly Beach,
Steve Leasure - Charleston,
John Smith - Walterboro
Charlie Aimar1550 pts
2002PetrelHarry Johnson - CharlestonThomas Wynne950 pts
2001PetrelHarry Johnson - CharlestonThomas Wynne2450 pts
2000MistressScott Boyd - ColumbiaRichard Brachett850 pts
1999Lucky DevilLin Smith - Murrells InletJim Cline3150 pts
1998Lucky DevilLin Smith - Murrells InletJim Cline1700 pts
1997Diamond IIFurman Cullum - CharlestonRudy Cullum1000 pts