NC Div. of Marine Fisheries Schedules Training for Fish Taggers

A member of the fish tagging team preparing to tag and release a fish. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality
A member of the fish tagging team preparing to tag and release a fish. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will hold two workshops this month to train current and prospective taggers in the proper methods of tagging fish.

Division researchers use fish tagging to study the migration, growth, habitat use and population status of striped bass, red drum, spotted seatrout, southern flounder, and cobia in North Carolina. Fish tagging programs are a fishery manager’s tool for assessing fish populations.

The fish tagging workshops are free, and all current and prospective taggers for the division’s Multi Species Tagging Program should plan to attend one of the two workshops:

  • April 16, 2018 @ 6pm — Dare County Government Office, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo NC
  • April 18, 2018 @ 6pm — NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Central District Office, 5285 Hwy 70 West, Morehead City NC

The workshop will be broken into two parts: a review of the program objectives and results; and hands-on tagging demonstration and training for all new and current taggers. Division of Marine Fisheries staff will also provide information on the purpose and expected benefits of the tagging program and highlight results from the previous four years of tagging.

For more information on attending, contact Steve Poland, marine fisheries biologist with the division, via email or by calling 252.808.8159.

The Division of Marine Fisheries is online at portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/tagged-fish.

 

Source: Patricia Smith, Division of Marine Fisheries

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