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Release: Immediate
Date: April 11, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Fishermen win big in Tagging Program drawing

MOREHEAD CITY — Twelve lucky fishermen each won $100 in a recent N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Multi-Species Tagging Program drawing.

The Tagging Program randomly selected tag numbers from the 1,020 fish tags that were turned in by fishermen in 2015. Three tag numbers were selected from each of the four species that are tagged by the program.

The winners who turned in tags for red drum were: Alex Bissantz of Camp Lejeune, Daniel DeJong of Jacksonville and Raymond May of Troutman.

The winners who turned in tags for striped bass were: Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach, Dustin Chappell of Tyner and Ben Morris of Kitty Hawk.

The winners who turned in tags for southern flounder were: Adam Tyler of Smyrna, Lonnie Brown of Harkers Island and Bill Mays of Warsaw.

The winners who turned in tags for spotted seatrout were: Allen Darst of Durham, James Buie of Eastover and Archie Moore of Wilmington.

The Tagging Program began in October 2014 and is funded by a Coastal Recreational Fishing License grant. Staff and volunteers place yellow or red tags on 15,000 fish each year.

Fishermen who catch the tagged fish and return the tags with required information to the division receive a letter and personalized certificate with information about the fish, as well as a reward. Those who return a yellow tag marked with “NCDMF” receive either $5, a tagging program hat or a fish towel. Those who return a red tag marked with “NCDMF” and “$100 REWARD” receive a $100 monetary reward.

Fishermen must record the species, tag number, date, location captured, total length of the fish, fate of the fish (released or harvested) and the type of gear used to capture the fish. Yellow tags may be reported by phone, but red tags must be cut-off and returned to the division for the fisherman to receive the reward.

Information gathered from tag returns allows researchers to determine species migration patterns, mortality, population structure and habitat use.

For more information about the Multi-Species Tagging Program, see http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/tagged-fish or contact Ami Flowers at 252-948-3913 or Ami.Flowers@ncdenr.gov.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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