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Yellowtail Flounder Cooperative Tagging Program

Began in 2003, and works with commercial fishermen to tag and release yellowtail flounder with pink and yellow disc tags or green data storage tags throughout New England. The location, date and various information is recorded upon the release of the tagged fish, and the same information is recorded when the fish is recaptured by fishermen or other reporters. From this information stock movements, mortality, and growth can be estimated which leads to more accurate biological and stock assessments. Visit the Project Summary page for more information.

Every tag counts! Please report all tags; even tags from fish caught as by-catch, or that are short and sub-legal. Just cut the tag & throw the fish over.

The latest in the lottery....
Congratulations to John Machie!
We drew his tag, 1841 from the yellowtail tagging $1000 lottery! The winning tag was drawn at the Maine Fisherman's Forum held on March 1-3, 2007.

What's New?

Reported tags as of January 5 2007:
3,303 lottery - 47 high reward - 75 DST
Thanks to all the fishermen that participated in the 2006 tagging trips & everyone who has reported tags!

New look to the web page…
We have just updated the look of our web page! Browse around the site and see what you think. If you have any comments, contact us.

Good Luck Azure...
This September, Azure Westwood, the project coordinator since 2003, went back to school! Azure is working towards her graduate degree at URI. You'll still see her around, as she is studying the social sciences of the fishing industry.
Releasing YT off a gill net boat...
For the first time in the tagging program, yellowtail were tagged and released from a gill net vessel! 547 fish were released this past summer on the F/V Micheal Brandon out of Scituate MA. Click the Photos, facts, and links for the trip summary and photos.
Page last modified: March 7, 2007
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