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About the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Tagging Program

Welcome to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries tagging program. Division researchers are studying the migration, growth, habitat use and population status of striped bass, red drum, spotted seatrout and southern flounder in North Carolina. Other recent division tagging studies include dolphin, yellow perch and white perch.

Fish tagging programs are a vital part of a fishery manager's tools for assessing fish populations. Conducted properly, tagging can yield a wealth of information about movement patterns, habitat utilization, population structure and mortality rates of fish.

All fishermen who encounter tagged fish should return the tag data. It is only through returned tag and species information that the division collects the data necessary for this tagging program to succeed.

When you encounter a tagged fish, please cut off the tag(s), then write down the tag number, catch date, location and total length of the fish. Save the tag and other information, and call the division at 800-682-2632 or click here to report the tag. Those who return red tags to the division with the catch information will receive a $100 reward. Those returning yellow tags will receive a hat, $5 or other reward. All tag returns are also entered into a division end of year drawing.

This study began on July 1, 2014. This project is funded through the Coastal Recreational Fishing License program.

Principal Investigators:
Michael Loeffler - Spotted Seatrout
Charlton Godwin – Striped Bass
Tom Wadsworth – Southern Flounder
Lee Paramore - Red Drum
William Smith - Stock Assessment

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