Tuna Tagging Project in Hawaii

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Dr Molly Lutcavage at the University of  Massachusetts is the coordinator of the effort.

The Ahi Satellite Tagging Project of the Pacific Island Fisheries Group is a joint venture that uses state-of-the art technology and partners fisheries organizations, policy makers and local fishermen in the effort to gather much-needed baseline data on ahi and other pelagic fish that live and migrate in waters surrounding the main Hawaiian islands and beyond.

Tags were placed in large Ahi off of Kauai, that will collect migration on routes and behavior. The tags should be released and float to the surface after 1 year, at which time they will transmit data to NOAA. Data will include depth, temperature and light levels.

Help from fishermen who recover the PSATs is encouraged. Tags to look for are the black bulb-like “pop up” tags. They may be attached to yellowfin or big eye tuna here. If the data logger is still attached and the fish is landed, fishermen are asked to cut off the tag and tether, record the tag number, the latitude/longitude of the catch, and the curved fork length of the fish (or estimation of length) and contact Clay Tam, (808) 284-4390 or Molly Lutcavage, (603) 767-2129 immediately.

There is a $500 reward for the return of a functioning tag (either on or off the fish) and a $200 reward for a non-functioning tag. They also want to know if you found a fish with only the tag’s tether remaining.

Details on the yellowfin tagging project

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