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Tag A Tiny

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Presented By UMass Boston School for the Environment - Large Pelagics Research Center
Goal Study annual migration paths of juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna.
Task Catch, measure, tag, and release juvenile bluefin with ID tags.

Fish for Science! Help the Large Pelagics Research Center improve scientific understanding of large pelagic species by supporting and participating in co-operative research projects.

The Large Pelagics Research Center kicked off the Tag A Tiny program in 2005 to study the annual migration paths and habits of juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna. With the help of recreational anglers, charter captains, and commercial fishermen and women, we deploy conventional "spaghettit" -ID tags and electronic tags on juvenile and adult tuna in order to understand their behavior and movements.

In the wake of new research findings concerning bluefin spawning grounds in the Atlantic and age of maturity, there has never been a greater need to learn more about the life histories of these fish.

Your help is crucial. So little is known about the movements and behavior of bluefin tuna, particularly juveniles, but every tag deployed brings us one step closer to learning new information that can better inform the fishing community and management agencies alike.

To date, 1,800 juvenile and medium sized bluefin have been tagged with the help of nearly 1,400 recreational fisherman! We need your help to make 2017 our best year yet!

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Special Skills The skills necessary to be a successful Tag A Tiny participant include: the ability to catch a bluefin tuna and quickly reel it in, gentle handling of the fish during the tagging process, and conscientiously reviving the fish back to full color before release. Instructions on proper handling and tagging techniques will be communicated to each new tagging partner.
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing
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Tags bluefin tuna, boating, boats, catch, catch and release, citizen science, citizen science project, community, conventional tagging, education, field work, fish, fisheries, fishing, fishing tournament, fun, large pelagic species, marine biology, marine research, marine science, ocean, on the water, release, rewards, tag, tagging, teamwork, tuna
Project Updated 05/23/2018