Blackfin Tuna Tagging Project
We recently received a donation of 10 pop-up satellite archival tags from a manufacturer; their reason for the donation is that the batteries do not have much of a shelf life left and they were looking for someone who could deploy them soon (within the next several weeks). After talking with some local fishermen and considering the time of the year and what would make an appropriate study species, we've chosen blackfin tuna. The tuna need to be about 60 cm FL (approx 15 lbs) to carry the tag.
We need to get these tags deployed on blackfin tuna within the next several weeks. We understand this time of year is very busy, however we are available any day of the week as long as we get about a 24 hour notice, we should be able to make the trip. It is only necessary for one of us to come along, so if you're planning a charter trip or a personal trip and have space for one more, we'd appreciate the ride. We're looking for fishermen who have all the necessary fishing equipment and are using standard methods for targeting tuna. We have all the scientific equipment. We'll need help from the crew to bring the fish onboard and hold it down while we insert the tag and take measurements. The entire time the fish is out of the water should not exceed 2 minutes.
As with projects being run by a university, there is some paperwork involved. You will need to fill out a cover letter and W9 and provide us with a copy of your vessel's registration, insurance, and permit. All U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements, necessary emergency equipment, and all fishing-related permits must be kept current while participating. There may be an option to consider the expenses incurred while participating in this project as a donation on your annual taxes. You would have to speak directly to our administrative personnel in charge of such things to get all the necessary information. Their information will be provided upon request.
Interested parties will please direct questions and comments to Jenny Fenton at [email protected] or Dave Kerstetter at [email protected].