The Large Pelagics Research Center, in partnership with NMFS and ICCAT, is beginning an Atlantic-wide scientific conventional bluefin tagging program. Under this Grande Bluefin Tuna Year Program (GBYP), ICCAT researchers aim to deploy 15,000 tags in the eastern Atlantic over 3 years and LPRC researchers aim to deploy 4,000 tags in the western Atlantic over 2 years. All tags are to be deployed on 1-3 year old bluefin. This study is aimed at determining more accurate estimates of mortality and east/west mixing rates.
The success of the program is dependent on the reporting of recaptured tags. To encourage reporting, we have established rewards for recaptured tags. Tag rewards range from a t-shirt to $1000.
So, please be on the lookout for tags! Tag deployments in the east began in 2011 and we expect to see some of these fish in our fishery this year.