Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program Annual Report 2006

C.M. Bain John A. Lucy
Educational programs on tagging, including its role in fisheries conservation, were provided to fishing clubs; hands-on demonstrations were conducted at several "Kid's Fishing Clinics." 4) A researcher oriented technical paper was accepted and published (in the January 2007 issue of the American Fisheries Society's magazine); the paper review how some of the Game Fish Tagging Program results for tautog indicated possibly better means to evaluate rebuilding of the fishery extending from New
more » ... nd to Virginia. The paper was entitled "Evaluating Localized vs Large-scale Management: A Study of Tautog (Tautoga onitis) in Virginia." 5) We continued carrying out tag retention studies on speckled trout. Tagging approximately 200 speckled trout in three distinctive areas resulted in 130 double-tagged fish. Because South Carolina research indicates that T-bar tags may be loss at significant rates from red drum 10-12 months post tagging, this species was added to the field study. Approximately30 sub-adult red drum were double-tagged in 2006. More effort will be put on both species during 2007. See the Red Drum section of this report, and the 2005 Annual Tagging report on VIMS web site for more details on the double-tag field studies. To date all recaptures of double-tagged fish have shown both tags staying in each fish.
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