Pelagic Research center

 

Tag A Tiny

TAG A TINY PROGRAM

Get involved! Help the Large Pelagics Research Center improve scientific understanding of large pelagic species by supporting and participating in co-operative research projects.

The LPRC initiated its Tag A Tiny program in 2006 to study the annual migration paths and habitat use of juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna. Through this co-operative tagging program, which uses tags from The Billfish Foundation (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) recreational anglers and charter captains catch, measure and release juvenile bluefin with conventional “spaghetti”-ID tags. To date, 1,368 recreational fishermen have helped LPRC to tag 1,762 bluefin, mostly juveniles from 1-4 years old, and some “medium” size fish, nearing 70 inches. All of the records are entered into the Billfish Foundation, NMFS, and ICCAT databases.

If you are a recreational fisherman, please consider joining our tagging efforts. Click on the volunteer form link and fill out the form. We will contact you with more information about the program.

The distribution of sizes of tagged fish and the number of traditional tags put out by Tag A Tiny participants since 2006.

Click on the tags on the map below to see the number of fish tagged in each general area by Tag A Tiny participants.

Visit our Facebook Page to see the tags that have been recaptured.

Tag A Tiny Conventional Tag Releases by Area

Although 2013 was a slow year for in-shore juvenile bluefin fishing, we would like to congratulate and thank our Tag A Tiny partners that managed to get at least some fish tagged and released. The top taggers of 2013 are:

2013 Top 3 Charter/Commercial Tagging Boats
1. Low Bid
2. Tammy Rose

3. Atlantic Angler

2013 Top Recreational Tagging Boats

1/2. Rowdy Dow & Sweet Water

2006-2013 Cumulative Top 3 Charter/Commerical Tagging Boats
1. Tammy Rose
2. Tuna Hunter
3. Low Bid

2006-2013 Cumulative Top 3 Recreational Tagging Boats
1. RipDog
2. Connie May
3. Rover & Corner Office

2013 Top 3 Charter/Commercial Tagging Captains
1. Bob Matthews
2. Eric Stewart

3. Joel Jacquard

2013 Top 3 Recreational Tagging Captains
1/2. Bill Center & Marco Mani


2006-2013 Cumulative Top 3 Charter/Commercial Tagging Captains
1. Eric Stewart
2. Gary Cannell
3. Joel Jacquard

2006-2013 Cumulative Top 3 Recreational Tagging Captains

1. Scott Clay

2/3. Matt Zajac & Rich Betts

2013 Top 3 Charter/Commercial Tagging Anglers
1. Mel Rouitz
2. Ryan Harms

3. Matt Six & Cliff Hampton

2013 Top Recreational Tagging Anglers
1. John Center

2006-2013 Cumulative Top 3 Charter/Commercial Tagging Anglers
1. Cliff Hampton

2. George Harms

3. Corey Stewart

2006-2013 Cumulative Top 3 Recreational Tagging Anglers

1. Matt Zajac

2. Don Nadeau

3. Brian Droney