NEFSC Yellowtail Tagging Program
What to Do if You Find a Yellowtail Tag
Step 1. Remove Tag and Determine the Type
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:
- Pink $100 reward discs
- Pink $1000 lottery discs
- Yellow high reward discs
- Green data storage tags
And either blank or scale tags on the bottom of the fish:
- Pink blank
- Pink scale tag
- Orange scale tag
Step 2: Data Collection
Please collect the following information for all tags:
- Tag Number
- 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 either:
Call our toll free number: 1-877-826-2612, or
Report through our on-line reporting system.
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