You Should Do When You Catch a Tagged Fish
1) Write down
the tag number (if you release the fish); or cut off the tag.
Note: if the tag is covered with algae or other growth, do not
scrape the growth off the tag, since this could destroy the number
on the tag. If you do not have the means to write down the tag
number or if the tag number is not clear, please cut off the tag
and keep it - even if you release the fish - the tag number is
the fish's identification number and it is vital to have the correct
the fish's length and write down the species and both its total
length and fork length. Estimate the length if you do not have
a measuring device.
3) Write down
the date, the exact location, and how the fish was caught.
any other information about the fish that could be useful; for
example, any unusual markings or wounds.
the agency listed on the tag. The agency that tagged the fish
will instruct you on what to do with the information. Many
agencies offer rewards for tag information and many agencies will
provide background information on the tagged fish to you.
the VA Game Fish Tagging Program Tags from other tagging studies
here are some things to look for:
tag under dorsal fin - TB ##### REWARD - Call 757/4915160
tag under dorsal fin - DS ##### REWARD or SD ##### REWARD 757/491-5160
VA GAME FISH TAG, 968 S. ORIOLE DR., Va Beach VA 23451.
VA Game Fish Tagging Program Tags, download a recapture form and
E-mail or mail, fax or call the information to:
968 S. Oriole Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 491 - 5160
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