Tagging and Tracking Bonefish and Tarpon

August 26, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

If you’ve ever wondered what the tagging and tracking devices used by scientists studying bonefish and tarpon looked like, Doug Kelly offers this excellent article on DTO.com. An excerpt: “I recently went on a tagging trip with Michael Larkin, an RSMAS research assistant under Ault. According to Larkin, the AT data revealed that one particular bonefish returned to the same flat 40 consecutive days. Even four months later, the fish was caught on the same flat, indicating what?s known as site fidelity. However, other bonefish tagged in Biscayne Bay have ended up months later 50 or more miles south in the Florida Keys. These differences indicate that bonefish site fidelity may be related to their size or the time of year, and there is a greater degree of stock mixing than previously thought.”