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Project Tarpon Conventional Streamer Tag Program


Project Tarpon, LLC is conducting its conventional streamer tag research in coordination with the Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center (TBRC) at the University of Miami (UM).

More information on these tags, the tagging effort and how you can participate can be viewed at www.TarponTags.com.

TarponTags.com also has a reporting portal to report tagged and recaptured tarpon. Reports of recaptured tarpon will be placed on this page.


Data on Tags Placed:

Coming Soon.

Recaptured Tag Data:

Coming Soon.

 


Frequently Asked Question:

What are the goals and objectives of this research effort?

Our goal is to fund the production and deployment of at least 2,000 custom made fish tags uniquely designed to assist marine biologists in the research of Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) movements, migrations and population dynamics. To achieve this goal, our objective is to place the 2,000 harmless tags in tarpon during the spring, summer and fall of 2015 while they move through U.S. coastal waters. By providing a large number of tags at no cost to select professional fishing captains, and also making these tags available to private anglers through this initial fund raising effort, we hope that in a single year we can release enough tagged tarpon to immediately begin generating valuable recapture data and tracks of tarpon migrations. By funding this effort, you’ll not only get to participate, but you will also help us place almost a thousand tags in the hands of select professional fishing guides, ensuring that we get a large number of tarpon tagged the first year ... and it is, of course, all about the numbers.

Why is this research important now?

Due to their long lives and thousand mile migrations, tarpon are influenced by many different environmental and man-made factors. Without coming to a better understanding of their behaviors and man's influence on this species, we can't hope to protect and sustain them for generations to come. In some locations, such as Texas, tarpon populations have crashed precipitously over the past fifty years. In the early part of the twentieth century, Port Aransas, Texas, was considered the “tarpon capital of the world”. By 1970, that had all changed. The tarpon were gone. Over-harvesting in Mexico during winter migrations, bad fishing practices, and the placement of dams on Texas rivers all hastened the decline. If we don't learn all that we can now, there is no way to understand and mitigate man's potentially negative future impacts on tarpon in areas like Florida, where tarpon are still considered abundant.

What are streamer tags and how do they work?

Satellite tracking tags are too expensive, complicated and difficult to place for most anglers. This is the realm of competent scientists. Consequently, a lower-tech, simpler and easier alternative is necessary for recreational anglers to actively participate in tarpon tracking research. Streamer tags offer that alternative. Streamer tags have been proven through significant scientific study not to harm fish and last for years. They are the perfect cost-effective compliment to satellite tracking tags. They are implanted just below the skin and do not cause any lasting injury to the tarpon. Our streamer tags will use a metal dart and a nylon streamer, marked with a unique tag number and contact information for reporting a catch.

How do these tags help us learn about tarpon?

The things we can learn from tags in addition to movements from the location of capture are the environment where the recapture took place (e.g. offshore, coastal estuary or river), overall health of the fish, including growth rates since original release, and population abundance. All of this information is important to learning more about the population dynamics of tarpon and sustaining the fishery.