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December 11, 2006

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M E D I A  A D V I S O R Y

Fisherman Wins $250 Reward

Woods Hole Science Aquarium intern Meghan Soderstrom drew the winning tag from a bowl held by NEFSC fishery biologist Josh Moser.

Meghan was awarded a NOAA cap for helping with the drawing.

Dean Isaacson, a Virginia Beach commercial fisherman, won a $250 in a tag drawing, NOAA Fisheries announced today. Isaacson is the third winner in a series of drawings being held in the Woods Hole Science Aquarium at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

The cash reward is part of an ongoing fish tagging program that provides information about the biology and movements of black sea bass and scup. From 2002 to 2005, fishermen and scientists worked together to tag more than 13,000 black sea bass with orange tags and more than 5,000 scup with lime green tags. Fishermen who call in to report catching a tagged fish can choose either an embroidered cap or entry into the quarterly $250 drawing.

The reward program was organized by NEFSC fishery biologists and the winning tag was drawn by Meghan Soderstrom, a Cape Cod Community College student who is doing an internship in the aquarium. Meghan drew Isaacson’s tag from a fish bowl that contained approximately 250 tags.

The first drawing was held June 30, and the winner was James Dawson, a commercial fisherman out of Chincoteague, Virginia. The second winner was Kerry Harrington, an Ocean City, MD fisherman whose tag was drawn August 22.

Information about the reward program is available on the websites of the Cooperative Black Sea Bass Tagging Project ( and the Cooperative Scup Tagging Project (

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