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NEFSC Yellowtail Tagging Program

What to Do if You Find a Yellowtail Tag

Step 1. Remove Tag and Determine the Type

blank pink tag on flounder high reward tag on flounder

There are 2 tags on each yellowtail flounder connected by a metal pin. A numbered tag on top of the fish, and a blank or scale tag on the bottom of the fish. Use plyers to cut the pin and remove the tags.

There are 4 types of numbered tags that are positioned on the top of the fish:

  1. Pink $100 reward discs
  2. Pink $1000 lottery discs
  3. Yellow high reward discs
  4. Green data storage tags

And either blank or scale tags on the bottom of the fish:

  1. Pink blank
  2. Pink scale tag
  3. Orange scale tag

Step 2: Data Collection

fish with orange tag

Please collect the following information for all tags:

  • Tag Number
  • Date
  • Location
  • Water Depth
  • Fish Length

If the bottom tag was a pink scale tag or an orange scale tag, please collect a scale sample. Just scrape off a few scales from the tail region and place them in an envelope or clean container.

Step 3: Report the Data

To report your tagged yellowtail flounder, call our toll free number: 1-877-826-2612

Step 4: Mail the Tag

To receive your reward or be eligible for the $1000 lottery you must mail in your tag along with the information you reported over the phone or on-line. Please note, the data storage tags must be mailed in a padded envelope or wrapped in bubble wrap. If needed we will be happy to send you a proper mailing envelope.

Mail your tag and information to:

NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Attn: YT Tagging Program
166 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

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