Good eye! Note that some of those fish have multiple tags. We got really involved with Louisiana's tagging program-they want us tagging EVERYTHING (dorado, tuna, cobes, redfish, etc.). Super cool to find out whether these fish leave the gulf, or stay there their whole lives because of all the structure, bait, and cover the oil rigs provide. Also their growth rate per year. Can't wait til they start publishing some of the recovered data and making it transparent to the general public!Good to see tagged fish healthy & still biting !!! :thumbup: It is working! Tag & release !:thumbsup: Cobia Next?
Bad ass video Woody. Hard to get those good shots when it's that bouncy. What camera are you using? Just the Go Pros or a few different kinds? Is your tagging program with La. State tags or whose tags? Are you tagging Billfish Foundation and State tags? Really curious about what La. is doing and then why Florida is not doing the same thing.
WE caught a dolphin south of South Pass in about 1,000 ft. during the Biloxi tournament this year and it spit up a little 6" juvenile sword as soon as it hit the deck so, we know the Swords are breeding here. I passed it on to the biologist at the weigh in and he was very excited about it. I'm like you, I love to see the results of these studies. One reason that I would be interested in getting a Florida program going is that the Billfish Foundation recovery of tags is only about ONE PERCENT. I think that if you gave the tags to fishermen and then had actual rewards (not tee shirts) for recovery, you would get more data. I'm not saying that sport fishermen here don't report but I have seen commercial fishermen in other countries who have shoe boxes full of them and they are only interested in what their value is and nothing else. I know it's short sighted but you have to work with the economic realities of their life not our own ideals of what responsible conservation should be. Do we want data or are we happy with wishful thinking?