Gray fishtag research program.
At Charly`s sailing and sport fishing, we are proud to be part in promoting ways to conservate and help studying our marine life.
Today I want to share with you Gray fishtag research program. An international and fully interactive fish tagging program powered by the world’s largest network fishing professionals consisting of approximately 10,000 charter boat captains and mates and now in Puerto Vallarta, México!
Gray FishTag Research will be an essential tool for promoting the conservation of marine game fish and increasing public resource awareness. This initiative will produce real-time data which will be available, and guarantee a hands-on effort to “Real Conservation” at the point of catch, not after the fact.
So to make it easy to understand, this program intends to encourage Captains, anglers and fishermen in general to tag the fish before releasing it. Results will provide biologists and scientists with valuable information on migration patterns, fish stocks, growth rates, habitat depths and much more.
How it works?
1.- Grab your tag pole with the proper tag and get ready for when the fish is near the boat.
2.- Insert tag
3.-Fill in the GFTR registration tag, NAME YOUR FISH!!
4.-Go online and register your fish.
Check the recommended instructions for tagging your fish below:
*Whenever you catch a fish, examine the dorsal area of both sides of the fish to see if a tag is present. The tags may be obscured by marine growth if they have been in the fish for a long time.
If you catch a billfish, shark, tuna or other sportfish that is already tagged, carefully record the tag number or cut off the old tag and re-tag the fish with a new tag. Tags that look old may indicate that the fish have been at large for a long time and these long-term recaptures are particularly valuable!
Record all recovery information on the new tag card, if you don’t have a new tag, you may release the fish again with the same tag. Please ensure that you write down the tag number, species, date, location and GPS co-ordinates, estimated size (or actual size if landed) and condition of fish on release. If you decide to take the fish, write down the capture details on the attached tear-off slip.
One other point regarding reporting recaptures of tagged fish should be kept in mind. In these days of nearly 100% release of game fish, previously tagged fish are quite often caught and re-released without being able to retrieve the earlier tag. If you do hook and release a fish which has a tag in place, and you are not able to retrieve the tag, you should still record the details (even though the tag number is unknown) and report the release as a genuine recapture. In this way, better statistics on actual recapture rates of game fish will be able to be maintained.
If you require more information, please visit Gray fishtag research website.
Until my next post,
Juan Carlos Ruenes.