IMAGE OF THE DAY: Amberjack Tagging Answers Key Questions About Curious Fish
By Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission // May 31, 2017
Anglers can help by reporting a recaptured fish
(FLORIDA FISH and WILDLIFE) – How far and fast do amberjack move? What drives these movements? Do they return to the same area to spawn each year?
Biologists are working to answer these key questions and more by acoustically tagging adult greater amberjack in the Florida Keys.
On a recent trip in April, the Lowerre-Barbieri lab caught and outfitted 15 amberjack with internally implanted acoustic tags and externally affixed yellow dart tags.
The acoustic tags emit an ultrasonic identification number that is detected and logged by submerged acoustic receivers throughout the Keys, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean as part of the iTAG and FACT arrays.
Anglers can help with this study by reporting a recaptured fish’s tag number, length, date and location of recapture to the FWC tag return hotline at 1-800-367-4461.
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