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August 21, 2007

BTU, University of Miami and Sport Fishing team up for more tarpon tagging in Trinidad

Bonefish Tarpon Unlimited, University of Miami and Sport Fishing team up for more tarpon tagging in Trinidad

University of Miami graduate student Michael Larkin, Bonefish Tarpon Unlimited Group Indian River chapter president Capt. Bruce Ungar and Sport Fishing's Dan Jacobs have retuned to Trinidad for a second year of tarpon tagging.  Bringing the group to this location is a consistent tarpon migration throughout the Bocas,  including some of the very large fish needed to carry the satellite tags. 

With the generous help of a number of Trinidad charter captains including Danny Agostini, Nick Telfer, Gary Story and Jonathan De La Rosa, the team has deployed three satellite tags and many conventional tags over the last week.

Two of the satellite tags were attached to fish caught in Grand Boca -  the pass between Venezuela and Trinidad's most western out island.  The third satellite tag was attached to a large tarpon caught in the Second Boca. Last year, a tag deployed on a fish here popped off thirty days later near the island of Grenada

The Trinidad tagging helps fill in the gaps with other study areas, including North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Mexico. 

Here is the schedule for the tags deployed in Trinidad:

  • The first fish we tagged on 8/14 in the Grand Boca area with Nick Telfer will pop off on 2/4/2008. 
  • The second fish we tagged on 8/15 in the Grand Boca area with Jonathan Del La Rosa will pop-off on 2/11/2008.
  • The third fish we tagged on 8/15 at night in the Second Boca with Nick Telfer will pop-off on 12/15/2007. 

For more information on this research log onto www.tarbone.org.