Cooperative Black Sea Bass Tagging Project
The Cooperative Black Sea Bass Tagging Project was designed to examine the population size, exploitation rate and seasonal movements of the northern Atlantic coast black sea bass, Centropristis striata. Black sea bass have been divided into two separate populations along the Atlantic coast, with the northern population distributed north of Cape Hatteras, NC. This project is conducted through cooperation among NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) state fishery agencies*, and both commercial and recreational fishermen. Tag recovery information is compared to release data to provide a basis for determining seasonal movements inshore and offshore as well as a better understanding of population dynamics and the ecological condition of the black sea bass.
During the fall of 2002, federal and state fishery employees began tagging and releasing black sea bass from Cape Cod, MA to Cape Henry, VA. Since that time the project has been dependent on commercial and recreational fishermen to report their encountered recaptures. This study requires a response on tag number, fish length, specific recapture location (Loran or lat/long preferred) and vessel information. Each tag holder is eligible to claim a reward after reporting the recaptured fish to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).
Tag recapture reporting :
Deploying a fish trap. 1914. Engraving courtesy of NOAA/NEFSC Photo Archive.
COASTAL STATE MARINE FISHERY AGENCIES
* Participating state agencies: Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Section, New York Bureau of Marine Resources, New Jersey Bureau of Marine Fisheries, Maryland Fisheries Service and Viginia Marine Resources Commission.
Last modified 3June 2008, 2:41p.